S.C. State Park to Get Road Upgrades
Visitors to Huntington Beach State Park south of Myrtle Beach, S.C., will have a smoother ride by next spring after $1.2 million in paving and repaving are finished, according to the Myrtle Beach Sun News.
The existing roads and paved parking spaces will be resurfaced, but the biggest change is paving the dirt road through the campground, said park manager Brenda Magers.
The campground road paving will be welcomed by campers, she said.
"I think that's a big deal for us," Magers said. "The dirt road really bothers some campers because it creates a very dusty campground."
Huntington, one of the state's most popular parks, has 131 campsites in the campground area, plus six others that people must walk to and a primitive group camping area.
Parts of the park roads are in bad shape and will get more than just a resurfacing, Magers said.
The roadbed will be dug up and replaced to make a firmer foundation. A bad spot near the entrance and some at the north end parking lot are among those up for extra work, Magers said.
The project is expected to get routine state approvals because the money is coming from revenues raised at the state parks from admissions and similar fees, said Marion Edmonds, spokesman for the state Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
According to the department’s application for approval of the expenditure, "most of the paving is more than 20 years old," and the improvements are needed "to ensure safety of park visitors and staff and to improve customer service and erosion control."
Officials hope to have the work done by spring.