Holiday traffic restrictions back in Myrtle Beach?

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Myrtle Beach is reconsidering restricting traffic on Ocean Boulevard next Memorial Day weekend after the combination of the Atlantic Beach Bikefest motorcycle rally and regular vacation traffic created gridlock.

City spokesman Mark Kruea (crew-ah) told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach that police and paramedics had trouble responding to calls last month.

For several years, Myrtle Beach forced all Memorial Day weekend traffic on Ocean Boulevard to head south, while keeping the northbound lanes only open to emergency traffic. But they stopped the special traffic pattern two years ago.

Civil rights groups complained the traffic pattern was only used for the Memorial Day weekend Bikefest, which attracts mostly black bikers.

Kruea says the city still doesn't want to be a part of any motorcycle rally.

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