Part of Kings Hwy. in downtown Myrtle Beach getting a "facelift"

The stretch of Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach from 8th Avenue North to 3rd Avenue South is about to get a facelift.

At a meeting Monday, businesses in that area were filled in on the details, which include new sidewalks, new lighting and pavement, new pedestrian crosswalks and new curbs and gutters.

Myrtle Beach city officials say the project will cost $1.76 million and is funded by the state, but will be managed by the city.

Although there will be some lane closures, officials added that there will be constant access to the businesses in the area.

They explained that they expect the project to really improve the area aesthetically.

"That's one of the oldest pieces of Kings Highway. It's right in the downtown area. It gets a lot of traffic, we would like to make that really a show piece for us and this will help do that," said Myrtle Beach city spokesperson Mark Kruea.

Officials say the project is expected to be complete by the end of May.