Barefoot Resort bridge will be closed well into January (Update: One lane opening)

This diagram demonstrates the detour route to get into the back entrance of Barefoot Landing.

Update January 16, 2012: All those stranded out in Barefoot Resort can rejoyce! 

On Tuesday, January 17 the swing bridge will reopen one lane of traffic in the afternoon. So, no more long drives down Watertower Road for all of you Barefoot residents. 

Hop on over to WMBF for the full report

Update January 14, 2012: Wind speeds may delay the Barefoot Resort bridge reopening. 

If wind speeds exceed 20mph, the shrouding that covers the bridge can't be removed.

Hop on over to for the full story.

Update December 29, 2011: Barefoot Resort residents don't have too much more suffering to go.

According to Ryan Naquin at WPDE , the project is on track and one lane should be open by mid-January as originally planned. To find out when both lanes will be open and check out some progress pictures, check out the report here.

First Report: The main entrance of Barefoot Resort is the gateway into (and out of) North Myrtle Beach for hundreds of full and part-time residents. But long overdue maintenance has closed the bridge.

The current bridge is painted with a lead based paint that is flaking off. As if painting a bridge isn't difficult enough, contractors have to be extremely careful to not release any toxic artifacts into the environment. The City of North Myrtle Beach decided to close the bridge immediately after Thanksgiving and the contractors have a 91-day deadline. In the meantime, residents will have to consider doing their grocery and holiday shopping in Conway and Little River. North Myrtle Beach has changed their police and ambulance service to accommodate the changes, as well.

Naturally, people are upset. Most of the news outlets have spoken with residents about the maintenance and how it will affect them. WPDE interviewed the Barefoot Resort Homeowners Association and Barefoot Golf and Country Club representatives. Read that here.  The Sun News also spoke with residents and Pat Dowling with the City of North Myrtle Beach. That's right here. For posterity, the WBTW coverage is here.