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      Labor Day traffic causing headaches on Grand Strand

      The unofficial end of summer has come and gone. It's been a relatively safe holiday weekend on Grand Strand roads, though traffic was heavy on major routes heading out of Myrtle Beach.

      US 501, the most heavily-used west-bound corridor, was a moving parking lot at mid-day.

      The traffic tie-ups caught some drivers by surprise.

      "It's not what I planned, but whatever. We'll take it if we have to," said Jason Kimball of Raleigh, NC.

      The middle of the day is check-out time for many Grand Strand hotels, which means, on Labor Day, it's when the roads are most crowded.

      However, on South Carolina 22, the other major west-bound artery out of Myrtle Beach, traffic was sporadic and moving smoothly Monday.

      SC Highway Patrol encourages drivers to use under-utilized routes like 22, but it appears many tourists haven't gotten that message.

      At least most travelers who spoke to WPDE NewsChannel 15 about their weekend in Myrtle Beach seemed to enjoy their time on the Grand Strand.

      "The whole trip here (was fun). The awesome time we had, it was awesome here, love it," said Jamie Barker of Wilkesboro, NC.

      There were no deadly wrecks reported on the Grand Strand over the holiday weekend and five statewide since midnight Friday.

      AAA Carolinas motor club estimates nearly 500,000 South Carolinians traveled more than fifty miles from home over the weekend.