The Grand Strand is a very popular destination that attracts millions of visitors throughout the year. With 60 miles of beaches, exciting attractions, and a variety of restaurants, there is something for everyone to enjoy. As the Memorial Day holiday weekend approaches, there are a few things that you need to be aware if you are planning a visit. The Myrtle Beach Police Department shared their expert safety information with us, so you know what to expect when traveling to The Beach.
Amy Prock, Chief of Police for the City of Myrtle Beach, welcomes visitors to enjoy the sun and sand at The Beach! The Myrtle Beach Police Department is committed to the safety and security of visitors and residents and has enacted an extensive safety plan for the upcoming busy season. They ask everyone to follow the laws and respect others while you are exploring our great city. Everyone is welcome in Myrtle Beach!
To prepare for the increased traffic during the holiday weekend specifically, the Myrtle Beach Police will have a traffic management plan in place. Captain Joey Crosby of the Myrtle Beach Police Department explains the various steps of the traffic management plan. The first part of this traffic plan will begin the morning of Friday, May 28th at 6 am. Ocean Boulevard will become a one-way street only, with traffic moving in the south bound direction. The north bound lane will be used for police and public safety officials only.
The next part of the traffic plan transitions designated avenues to emergency avenues, spanning from Kings Highway to Ocean Boulevard. These emergency avenues will be used for police, fire, and EMS vehicles only in order to have direct access to Ocean Boulevard. Message boards will be placed along Kings Highway so motorists will know which avenues to take. South Carolina Highway Patrol will also monitor major intersections for increased traffic demands, and then divert the traffic away to alleviate congestion if need be. On the Myrtle Beach Police Department’s website, under the tab marked “Memorial Day,” a detailed map of the traffic patterns in effect for Memorial Day Weekend will be listed.
A pedestrian safety plan will also be in place during the holiday weekend. Beginning the morning of Friday, May 28th, barricades will be placed from 29th Avenue North to 29th Avenue South. The goal of these barricades is to keep out the pedestrians off the road and to encourage the use of the marked crosswalks.
There will be an increased law enforcement presence, both in uniform and plain clothes, particularly on the Ocean Boulevard and Boardwalk area, focused on speeding, noise, complaints, and disorderly conduct. Remember – if you see something, say something.
For the most updated information, please visit the Myrtle Beach Police Department’s website or call 843-918-INFO with any questions.
The Myrtle Beach Police Department is committed to remaining professional, firm and fair to keep everyone safe and having fun. Thank you, and we will see you soon at The Beach!