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Construction set to start soon on Kings Highway

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Monday evening, Myrtle Beach city leaders met with business and property owners about the projected changes to soon come to nine blocks along Kings Highway.

It's been two years of planning in the making, but once South Carolina Department of Transportation gives the go ahead to Myrtle Beach city leaders then a $1.76 million road project will start.

The state funded project is for improvements to fix both sides of the road from Eighth Avenue North to Third Avenue South along Kings Highway.

Myrtle Beach City Engineer Patrick Sadek said the proposed project came under budget and once DOT gives the okay they can move forward. "That's when we can execute the contract and have the contractor on board."

Sadek said the two local contractors are ready and aware of the importance of the May 30 deadline for the improvements to be complete.

The plan is to widen sidewalks, install new driveway connections, add new curb and gutters, pedestrian crosswalks, additional lighting, landscaping the medians, and milling and resurfacing the pavement.

Crews will begin work on Eighth Avenue North and work their way down to Third Avenue South block by block.

Sadek explains this portion of Kings Highway needs to be brought up to compliance and also to be more pedestrian friendly.

Joseph Santos is the owner of the shop The Donut Man, near the corner of Third Avenue. Santos said any improvement is good, but adds the work needs to be on time so it won't negatively affect his business. "I'm here to make a living not to lose."

Bill Boggs agrees with Santos. Boggs is one of the co-owners of BJ's Scooters closer to Eighth Avenue on Kings Highway. Boggs said he will attend Monday evenings meeting to hear about what's been decided concerning his businesses entrance and exit. Boggs said he wishes the work would have started earlier this year, "I really feel they should have started this work in October."

Sadek addresses these business owners concerns by saying, "We are extending the work time up to 11 p.m. at night for light construction. We don't want to make too much noise at night time. We are confident if we get good weather, we can be done by the end of May."

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