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Traffic loop, county EOC close early on second night of Bikefest

WPDE bikefest traffic loop

For the second night in a row, the Myrtle Beach traffic loop closed early.

Myrtle Beach Police tweeted that the loop was canceled at 1:00 p.m., an hour before its scheduled closure.

The loop was canceled after 90 minutes Friday night.

"Last night the traffic was moving and flowing freely, so it did not warrant the need for the continued use of the traffic pattern," Myrtle Beach Police Captain Joey Crosby said Saturday.

Crosby said the loop helped keep traffic throughout the city flowing, but motorists on Ocean Boulevard were frustrated that their cars or bikes did more sitting than moving.

"Without exaggeration about an hour, at about two miles per hour, to go through this," Cornell Keith said, pointing toward Ocean Boulevard. "I just don't see the point."

Still, people said the traffic isn't as bad as it was in 2017, with some blaming the loop for keeping people away.

"The police presence is really heavy, which is a good thing, keeps everybody safe," Rob Styles said. "But also deters a lot of people from coming as well."

The EOC and Joint Information Center suspended operations at 1 a.m. and will resume at 4 p.m. Sunday. The EOC has maintained situational awareness and continued monitoring traffic issues through SCDOT traffic cameras.

The next regularly scheduled briefing will be on May 28 at the end of the shift, approximately 2 a.m.

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