MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Work is scheduled to begin on a nearly $12 million project to improve stormwater runoff drains at Myrtle Beach.

Local media outlets report that the work starting Tuesday is expected to be completed by November 2015.

The project will combine nine stormwater drainage pipes that empty onto the beach into two large pipes that would run under the sea bed about 1,100 feet offshore.

Officials plan to have part of the work finished by April in areas where people swim.

The city postponed the work for a year when bids for the project came in more than $2 million higher than expected.