Compromise achieved, officials begin to work out specifics 23-mile Memorial Day weekend traffic loop

If you’re in Myrtle Beach during Memorial Day weekend next year and want to move around town overnight, city officials encourage you to use U.S. Highway 17 Bypass.

A 23-mile traffic loop will be in place from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. beginning May 21 and going through at least May 24 in an attempt to keep vehicles moving and ease congestion in the city, which Myrtle Beach officials have said lead to street parties and lawlessness.

A Bikefest Task Force approved the traffic loop during a meeting Monday and the Coastal Alliance – a group of administrators that represent Horry County and municipalities along the Grand Strand – passed a motion Wednesday supporting the task force’s efforts.