South Carolina Debates I-73 Project as Public Comment Period Winds Down

Associated Press reports, “A decades-long proposal to build an interstate [I-73] to Myrtle Beach is back before the Army Corps of Engineers, which is weighing whether to permit construction of the four-lane, nonstop path to the heart of the state’s tourism industry.” The newspaper notes that a public comment period closes August 8, but 400 statements have already been submitted. If the COE issues a permit, funding will be the next issue, but state transportation commission chairman Mike Wooten maintains the $1.3 billion needed to build South Carolina’s segment of the highway can be obtained “primarily through tolls and local taxes if needed.”