- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - There is disagreement along the Grand Strand over a proposed driving loop to control biker traffic during the Atlantic Beach Bikefest next Memorial Day.

Following a rash of violence this year that left three dead, Myrtle Beach is proposing a 40-mile, one-way traffic loop to keep bikers from causing traffic congestion.

But area media outlets report Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus on Monday proposed a shorter 9-mile loop during the weekend that attracts thousands of bikers.

Lazarus says residents are concerned about the longer loop. He says a shorter one will allow police to focus on a smaller area and keep bikers out of residential areas.

Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes says the shorter route defeats the purpose of directing bikers away from the city during late night hours.

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