The city of Myrtle Beach is targeting speeders in The Market Common.
Officials are doing so through education, enforcement and engineering, all of which were discussed during a recent city council workshop.
“Residents have shared with us that they want drivers to change their behavior for the safety of all that are out there,” Public Works Director Janet Curry said.
Traffic speed studies done over the past couple years confirm that speeding is happening on residential streets and neighborhood connectors in the Market Common area, she added.
The city has installed larger speed limit signs in the locality as well as placed speed trailers at various locations. Leaders have also attended neighborhood watch meetings in order to hear and address concerns and have communicated with Horry Georgetown Technical College: HGTC’s Grand Strand campus is located in The Market Common.
Police have also focused on traffic enforcement in the community. From April through June, there were 448 citations issued and 392 warnings given out.
Myrtle Beach leaders are considering purchasing six feedback signs to place in areas of concern.
Curry said Public Works worked with the police department to find out the best places to put the signs.
“It’s been a collaborative effort to select these certain locations,” she said.
The signs have an estimated cost of $19,200, and would be able to track a driver’s speed and collect data. The city would be able to download traffic information and generate statistical reports. Also, the signs are compact and portable so they can be relocated easily and they can flash a light to alert motorists who are speeding.
“This is our direction at this point,” City Manager John Pedersen said.
Information on enforcement has been shared on Facebook and the city website, which also has details about speed detection devices and construction projects. The Myrtle Beach Police Department has also been sharing public safety information through its social media channels.
An upcoming speed study for Berkshire Avenue is planned.
A pedestrian safety improvement project is also underway at the Meyers Ave and Yorkshire Parkway intersection. The project includes textured and colored crosswalks, ADA ramps, pedestrian traffic signage and pavement markings.
“I think that the intersection improvement on Yorkshire and Meyers is going to be good,” councilwoman Mary Jeffcoat said. “I hope that we continue to look for traffic calming devices. I don’t want us to depend on police officers giving out traffic tickets.”
Councilman Mike Lowder said installing speed humps can be beneficial, and said they have helped deal with concerns in the Arrowhead and Avalon communities in Horry County.
“The speeding problems in those two communities I know for a fact have gone way down since they put those in there,” he said.