MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – On Wednesday, the city of Myrtle Beach will host a walkability survey of Kings Highway from 3rd Avenue South to 13th Avenue South. This is all happening thanks to a $15,000 grant given to the city from the National Association of Realtors.
On Wednesday afternoon a group will take a walking tour of the 10 blocks on Kings Highway and identify problem areas. On Thursday a game plan will be created on what steps need to be taken next to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.
Teena Gray, a visitor from West Virginia, struggled to push her father down the street today because of the lack of sidewalks. Her father is confined to a wheelchair but Gray said he used to have a mobility chair. That chair, however, was wrecked last year because of the unevenness of the sidewalks.
“He had cuts and bruises because of it,” said Gray, who doesn’t feel safe pushing her father so close to the busy highway with little to no sidewalks. She says she would welcome a more pedestrian-friendly area.
Businesses seem to have mixed feelings on adding sidewalks. One owner said he already has a small parking lot, and adding sidewalks to his side of the street would take too much space.
Joseph Schroeder owns Cap’n Cain Mini Golf on Kings Highway, but he thinks if the streets were safer, there would be more foot traffic coming towards his business.
“Some of the changes I’d like to see are definitely some cross walk signs and cross walk areas for people to cross the street safely. The sidewalks need to be cleaned up and patched up and I think it would be a little better for everyone,” said Schroeder.
You can count on News 13 to keep you updated on the Kings Highway walkability project.