Myrtle Beach spends almost $1M on Bikefest traffic barriers

Ocean Boulevard during the 2003 Atlantic Beach Bikefest

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The cost of traffic control in Myrtle Beach during the Atlantic Beach Bikefest is going up.

Local media outlets report the city has agreed to spend almost $1 million to buy traffic cones, barriers and electronic message boards to control traffic during the Memorial Day weekend event.

The barricades will be used mainly to route traffic on a 23-mile one-way loop that will be in effect to control traffic at night during the weekend.

The loop is part of a safety plan that law enforcement is putting into place after violence during the weekend last year left three dead.

City spokesman Mark Kruea says buying the traffic control devices will prove to be cheaper than renting them and they can be used for other events during the year.