Traffic changes for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day always means extra traffic, but in the Myrtle Beach area it also means some changes to normal traffic routes.

In North Myrtle Beach, traffic chutes will be set up on 17 Bypass northbound starting at 37th Avenue South. The far right lane will be the designated lane to get into the festival.

Signs will be put up to alert bikers and drivers.

North Myrtle Beach sets up the chute because their city is impacted by the traffic. City spokesman Pat Dowling says it prevents accidents and eases congestion.

"Keep crowds moving, keep traffic moving, and then everybody gets to where they want to be and you don't have any frustration," said Dowling.

In order to make sure southbound traffic around Atlantic Beach runs smoothly, no left turns will be allowed into Atlantic Beach. The only way to get into the festival is through the chute in the northbound lane.

Coast RTA, the Grand Strand's public transportation service, is also making modifications due to Bikefest and increased holiday weekend traffic.

Several routes have been modified to account for traffic congestion due to Memorial Day weekend traffic, according to a news release from Coast RTA.

Traffic congestion along Ocean Boulevard will impact routes 15 North,15 South, 16 (Georgetown-Myrtle Beach),16 Express (Georgetown-Myrtle Beach) and 21 (Myrtle Beach Entertainment Express).

"Passengers with destinations along the affected routes will need to access and de-board the bus along Kings Highway instead of Ocean Boulevard. Notification will be distributed along the affected routes," the release said.