MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Mr. Joe White Ave. and 21st Ave. North have been recognized by the South Carolina Department of Transportation as two routes in need of safety improvements.
The project focuses on pedestrian safety. The main security features proposed for this project include:
- High visibility pedestrian crossings
- Pedestrian crossings with refuge islands
- ADA ramps
- Main pedestrian intervals
- Countdown signal heads
- New floor markings
- Retroreflective back plates
- Flashing Yellow Arrow Signal Heads
- Signaling and marking of cycle paths
Both of these roads are close to major tourist attractions – Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Waves Water Park, Broadway Grand Prix and Hollywood Wax Museum. They serve as connectors between these spots and the ocean.
SCDOT said it considered the amount of foot traffic in the area when proposing the project.
The project is expected to start in the spring of 2023 and last approximately 10 months. The SCDOT has shared some good news on what drivers can expect from the construction period.
“Roads will not be closed at any time during the construction of this project,” said Robert Kudelka, spokesman for SCDOT.
He said these roads were selected for improvement under the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).
“This program uses a strategic, data-driven approach to identify locations statewide with high accident rates or patterns and implements safety improvements through infrastructure-related improvements,” Kudelka said in a statement to News13.
According to SCDOT, “the Mr. Joe White Ave. and 21st Ave. North experienced a combined total of 936 vehicle, 26 bicycle and 17 pedestrian crashes from 2013 to 2020. Three crashes resulted in fatality and 299 crashes (30%) caused injury. »
Before the SCDOT starts working, they want to get the opinion of the public. There will be a public information meeting Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot.