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Community THE BIG STORY I-73: Do we need it?

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I-73 Map

Interstate 73 in South Carolina (Wikipedia)

Environmental Impact Study (SCDOT)
Provides some information on project history, but has not been updated.

August 24, 2011 SCDOT should reject I-73, back less costly option (Post and Courier)

Feb 9, 2016 I-73 Intermediate Traffic and Revenue Study (I73insc.com)

June 20, 2017 Regulators approve construction permit for Interstate 73 (South Carolina Radio Network)

What is the Purpose?

Benefits (I73.com)

March 24, 2016 Study links SC 22, southern evacuation route, to build I-73 (TheState.com)

Who will pay for I-73?

March 27, 2014 SCDOT to consider toll system for I-73 (wmbf.com)

March 16, 2018 Why getting money for Interstate 73 is such a struggle (McClatchy DC Bureau)

April 21, 2018 I-73 TOLL ROAD FUNDING IS DEAD FOR 2018 (MyrtleBeachSC.com)

Who is pushing it?

Politicians(Some may have changed their minds since website has not been updated.)

Sept 5, 2017 SCDOT Chief Lobbies White House For Interstate 73 (FitsNews.com)

March 14, 2018 Secretary of SCDOT updates Governor on I-73 project (South Carolina Radio Network)

March 14, 2018 Trump road plan could boost 'badly needed' I-73, SC Gov. McMaster says (Greenville News)

Sept 18, 2018 Flooding in Conway shows the need for I-73, SC congressman says (NewsObserver.com)

Sept 19, 2018 As flooding threatens to isolate Myrtle Beach, congressman renews call for I-73 (PostandCourier.com)

Oct. 28, 2018 US House SC District Seven (scnow.com)

Support I-73 (FaceBook)

Who is against it?

May 24, 2011 I-73 Called into Question by Some (TheNerve.org)

May 25, 2011 Midlands leaders spurn I-73 over concerns of Myrtle Beach freeway connector road to Columbia airport (MyrtleBeachOnline.com)

Jan 3, 2012 Environmental group says planned I-73 construction is illegal (SouthCarolinaRadioNetwork.com)

Feb 22, 2018 Myrtle Beach doesn’t need that pricey interstate. It’s just special-interest spending (The State.com/Opinion Extra)

July 24, 2018 STATEMENT ON HORRY COUNTY’S VOTE TO COMMIT MILLIONS TO I-73 (CoastalConservationLeague.org)

Sept 20, 2018 Editorial: Interstates flooded during Florence. Myrtle Beach doesn’t need a new one. (PostandCourier.com)

Nov 15, 2018 Supporters say Hurricane Florence showed the need for I-73, not everyone agrees (wbtw.com)

Stop I-73 in SC (FaceBook)

What are there alternatives?

Sept 29, 2017 Review of the Grand Strand Expressway Alternatives to the I-73 Extension (Walter Kulash/Transportation Planning Consultant)

October 5, 2017 Your iPhone (CoastalConservationLeague.org)

Why the Controversy?

July 12, 2016 Plan for new Myrtle Beach freeway unveiled as statewide road debate continues (The State Newspaper)

Aug 11, 2016 Former SCDOT Leaders Rebuke Interstate 73 (FitsNews.com)

June 26, 2017 Former SCDOT commissioner Wooten explains resignation after I-73 approval (wmbfnews.com)

June 29, 2017 I-73: One giant step forward, same old error (TheNerve.org)

Sept 21, 2018 Highway 22 (FUTURE I-73) FLOODED BETWEEN 90 AND 905 (MyrtleBeachSC.com)

October 5, 2018 Can Horry County raise its roads to prevent flooding from cutting off transportation? (MyrtleBeachOnline.com)

The Future of I-73

Again, McClatchy sums it up. <HERE>
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When politicians push something, I'm immediately suspicious. There's way too much money and too little transparency. I say no to I-73.
I know Tom Rice talks about I-73 will make it easier for people to get away from the coast if a hurricane is headed this way. Truth is, use common sense if a hurricane is coming. Hurricanes don't form off our coast. We have days to get out. Leave at night. Leave early. My tax dollars can't help your stupidity.