North Myrtle Beach City Council Considers Two Options for Barefoot Swing Bridge Painting
The North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Works and The City Council will meet on November 15th at 7:00 to discuss options for painting the Barefoot Resort Swing Bridge. The swing bridge is the primary way most golfers, visitors and Barefoot residents access Barefoot Resort. The popular Dye, Fazio and Love golf courses are located in this resort. Kelly White, Community Manager said, “Two options will be presented at the meeting.”
Option1: “Sectioning off half of the bridge at a time for painting and alternating traffic on the other half. This would take approximately 6-7 months to paint the entire bridge and would occur from approximately March through August 2011.”
Option2 ” The City would close the bridge entirely to car traffic and secure the bridge open to boat traffic for about 6-8 weeks. They would encase the bridge in an environmental enclosure and perform all the work over this two month time frame. This would be done in January and February.”
Residents, visitors and golfers can use Water Tower Road as an alternate access to and exit from Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach. The paving of Water Tower Road was completed recently. Barefoot resident were relieved to have the road work completed, so they have another way out of their community, in case of an emergency. When the Horry County Wildfire in April of 2009 spread to Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach, the residents became more aware of the danger of having only one exit and entrance to their community could pose. Luckily everyone escaped physically unharmed, but many homes were destroyed by the monster wildfire.
Anyone interested is invited to attend this meeting and can voice their concerns at the public discussion time. Matters of public safety and emergency response for Barefoot residents will also be addressed. The Public Safety Department has assured Barefoot residents extra fire trucks and police cars will be stationed in their community should the need arise, while the bridge is being painted.
Most Barefoot residents are in favor of option 2. They just want to have the painting done in the fastest way possible. One resident said, “Can you imagine the traffic trying to get across a one lane bridge.” Another remarked,” The sooner this situation is resolved, the better.”