What you need to know about the Memorial Day weekend traffic loop

There’s only about a month until Memorial Day weekend and many still have questions about navigating the 23-mile traffic loop that will be in place from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. May 22 to 24.

The traffic loop routes drivers from 29th Avenue North on Ocean Boulevard south and around to Kings Highway, north to Harrelson Boulevard – which turns into George Bishop Parkway – west to Waccamaw Boulevard, which runs next to U.S. Highway 501, onto S.C. 31 heading north to Grissom Parkway south, then onto U.S. 17 Bypass and down 29th Avenue North.

Grand Strand officials have been working for months to develop a safety plan to help get control of Memorial Day weekend, when tens of thousands of people come to the area to take advantage of a three-day weekend at the beach or to participate in other events including the Atlantic Beach Bikefest.