Atlantic Beach

The traffic is sparse on Atlantic Beach's 30th Avenue South on Friday during the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest. Photo by Janet Morgan/Myrtle Beach Herald janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com

Get ready, because traveling through North Myrtle Beach’s Windy Hill is going to get a bit more difficult starting Friday. 

Crews will put up barricades along the right northbound lane of Highway 17 around 5 a.m. Friday, according to a news release. The 10 blocks of barriers will form a traffic chute starting just south of 37th Ave. South in Windy Hill and ending around 27th Ave South.

Once you’re in the traffic chute, you’ll either have to turn right into Windy Hill to get out, or keep going until you’re in Atlantic Beach.

The Highway Patrol will manage the traffic in the chute, said city spokesman Pat Dowling. But if traffic becomes too heavy, officers may direct everybody into Atlantic Beach instead of letting some vehicles continue straight to rejoin traffic.

The news release says prior to the traffic loop’s formation many years ago, BikeFest traffic caused gridlock as far back north as Crescent Beach and as far south as Restaurant Row. 

But traffic will still be heavy this weekend, so drive carefully. 

Correction: A previous version of this story misstated when crews were scheduled to put up barricades along the right northbound lane of Highway 17.

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