Travel Advisory as of September 22:
Due to flooding and road closures surrounding the Myrtle Beach area, driving into the area will be very difficult for the next week or two. Fly, don’t drive. If you must drive into the area, expect heavy congestion, delays and changing detours. Check www.SCDOT.org, 511sc.org or call 511 for latest road conditions.
Hurricane Florence has finally moved on from our beautiful Myrtle Beach destination. While we are thankful that the physical damage to our destination seems minimal so far, we’re very aware of the impact it’s had too many of our neighbors. We're doing what we can to assist them and visitors returning to the area.
We're also opening our many hotels, beach houses, campgrounds, restaurants and attractions over the next couple days and can't wait to welcome you to Myrtle Beach. Here are a few travel tips while you plan your Myrtle Beach trip following the storm:
If you plan to drive to the Myrtle Beach area in the next few days, please know you will face road closures and major traffic delays. For the latest info on roads, please check SCDOT's storm resources page. You can also try calling 511 or visit 511sc.org for traffic information or download the SCDOT 511 Traffic App for iPhone or Android & Google devices.
- Top off your gas tank, keep extra groceries on hand, and pack your patience for the trip. These items will be needed along the way, as well as once you get to your destination.
- In the coming days, we are expecting flooding area-wide. Even if your area isn't flooded currently, we ask that you prepare for the days ahead. If your home is in a low-lying area and near major rivers known to flood, prepare to evacuate.
- At this time projections indicate areas that flooded during Hurricane Matthew may flood again and perhaps at higher levels. Adjacent areas that did not flood in Matthew may flood this time around. If this occurs, major Highway 9, Highway 501, Highway 378 and other routes in and out of Horry County may flood, effectively blocking traffic into and out of Horry County.
- Should you encounter a water-covered road during your travels, remember this --TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!
TRAVEL ALERT: SECTIONS OF US 501 AND SC 22 CLOSED; I-95 IN SC OPENED
I-95 REOPENED IN SOUTH CAROLINA. I-95 is open in both directions in Dillon and Florence County. However, due to flooding related to Hurricane Florence, I-95 has large segments still closed in North Carolina, beginning at mile marker 13, US Route 74. Detour routes are:
- From Georgia: I-85 NB through South Carolina is open to traffic
- From Georgia: I-95 NB to I-26 WB to I-77 NB into North Carolina
- From Florence: I-20 WB to I-77 NB into North Carolina
Note that travelers should also check NC Road Closures as there were several closures throughout the state including portions of I-95.
US 501 in Conway
SCDOT advises the public that an emergency flood situation exists on roads In the Conway area of Horry County. SCDOT reports US 501 in Conway was re-opened to two-way traffic early Saturday morning. Currently, one lane is open in each direction from US 378 to Academy Street. As water levels continue to rise, this route will serve as the primary access between Conway and Myrtle Beach. Motorists should anticipate congestion and slower speeds in this area. SCDOT urges motorists to use extreme caution, obey the directional signs and watch for updates on changing conditions.
SC 22 is closed from SC 905 to SC 90. The Waccamaw River is steadily rising along this section of SC 22. US 501 to Conway will be opened to traffic. Motorists traveling to areas east of Conway should use US 501. SC 22 will remain open from US 501 to SC 905 and SC 90 to US 17. Motorists are asked to be cautious as rising floodwaters will result in changing road conditions. Please do not drive past or move barricades. Updates will be provided as conditions change.
US 17 in Georgetown
SCDOT, Georgetown County Emergency Operations, and the South Carolina National Guard have developed a plan to keep open US 17 for a period of time as the flood waters rise at US 17 crossing over the Waccamaw River in Georgetown. The plan is designed to delay the closing of the bridge for as long as possible. It is expected that the flood water will overtop the roadway barriers at a point in time and require the closure of the bridge to traffic. Based on current forecasts, we anticipate flood waters to impact the bridge mid-week next week. In order to implement this plan, US 17 in this area will be reduced to one lane of travel in each direction beginning on Sunday, September 23. Heavy congestion and long delays are expected in this area and caution is urged for motorists traveling through the work zone.
Motorists are asked to use caution as flooding could change road conditions.
Please do not go around barricades. Remember, "Turn around, don't drown."
SCDOT appreciates the patience of the public as SCDOT works to keep our highways safe.
Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) is open for business! It is recommended that departing passengers arrive at the Airport earlier than normal to account for the extra time that may be required at airline check-in and TSA checkpoint screening. If passengers have questions about airline re-booking and/or cancellation policies, they should visit:
- Allegiant – https://www.allegiantair.com/travel-alerts
- American – https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/travel-alerts.jsp
- Delta – https://www.delta.com/…/a…/weather-alerts/hurricane-florence
- Elite – https://res.eliteairways.net/TravelAdvisories
- Frontier – https://www.flyfrontier.com/alert/
- Spirit – https://www.spirit.com/TravelAdvisory.aspx?culture=en-US
- United – https://www.united.com/…/trav…/news/Pages/travelnotices.aspx
- WestJet – https://www.westjet.com/en-us/travel-info/advisories