If you’ve noticed handicap ramps are missing from some of North Myrtle Beach's beach access points, it’s because they were removed to expand those parking lots.
But the ramps should be back soon.
North Myrtle Beach spokesperson Pat Dowling said the handicap ramps at 8th Avenue North, 12th Avenue North and 15th Avenue North were removed in order for the city to expand the parking lots.
Rebuilding them will take a permit from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Dowling said, adding that the process can take up to six months.
But in the meantime, he said, the city is installing temporary handicap ramps at 8th Avenue North and 12th Avenue North. The 12th Avenue North ramp has been designed and the city is almost finished designing the ramp for 8th Avenue North.
Dowling said the city is not installing a temporary ramp at 15th Avenue North because the ramps must have a certain slope, and the lack of room in that particular parking lot means the ramp would be too steep.
Dowling said there’s no hard timeline for when the temporary ramps will be installed, but added that they would likely be there by the end of June.