Road closure in Myrtle Beach has become the norm, as we try
to accommodate our ever growing population and increasing amount of traffic. The
old country roads such as Highway 707 are busting at the seams with growth. Even our main roads like 17 Bypass and Kings Highway sometimes need refurbishing. Unfortunately, we can’t produce new streets and thoroughfares as quickly as we
need them, and we certainly can’t do so without some pain and suffering on the
part of drivers.
As if driving around Myrtle Beach isn't crazy enough, we have to deal with construction that sometimes seems to go on forever. The good news is that once the road building is completed, getting around will be so much easier.
When Carolina Bays Parkway opened in 2002, it made traveling to anywhere along the Beach faster and far less stressful than sitting at stop lights. The extension to Highway 544 that opened in 2005 created a straight 27-mile run to the North Carolina boarder, completely bypassing Myrtle Beach for travelers heading north or south.
Once a little traveled country road, SC Highway 707 has become growth-central in the Grand Strand scheme of road construction. Traffic conditions at the north end of the highway where it ends at the back gate have only recently eased up with the completion of the overpass at US Highway 17 Bypass.
With the current widening project, road conditions are tight all the way from Enterprise Road to Holmestown Road (which is also under construction at US Highway 17 Bypass).
They’re about to get tighter.
Construction of the new bridge over the waterway for Carolina Bays Parkway has progressed to the point that the South Carolina DOT is ready to close Enterprise Road. How long the road will be closed is anybody's guess, but closing is scheduled to begin September 14, 2015.
According to the SCDOT website, expected completion of the SC Highway 31 project is 2017, but we know how that goes. Add another year or two to that and you may be closer to the actual date. The original estimate for the Enterprise Road closure was about a year as they build an overpass and complete the four lanes of Carolina Bays Parkway through the community. This was originally supposed to happen in January 2015 and was extended about eight or nine months.
Some of the local businesses affected by the closing include Waccatee Zoo, Osprey Marina & Grill, Waccamaw River Tours, Socastee Park, Sandune Archery Club, and Enterprise Landing Boat Ramp. Access to these parks and businesses during the road closure will be via Bay Road from Highway 707, thus increasing heavy traffic conditions on an already well used and narrow residential street.
Zoom in and out on the interactive map above to see streets and businesses or change to satellite view.
Our recommendation is to stay calm, give yourself plenty of time while traveling through this area, and if you don’t Need to use Highway 707, don’t. Remember, it will be Wonderful when it’s done, just like the back gate bridge.
We’ll report any new changes as we learn about them. For now, travel safely on our Grand Strand roads.