Officially named the “Interchange of Hope,” Senator Lindsey Graham calls it a “game changer.” The name dropping is for the proposed I-73 corridor, which would provide direct interstate highway access to the tourist areas of the the Grand Strand including Myrtle Beach.
Graham, fellow South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint and Congressmen Henry Brown, JIm Clyburn, and John Spratt recently met with elected state leaders and members of the North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) representing a nine county area in northeast South Carolina. The local leaders and legislators were working to drum up support from the state’s congressional delegation for the state’s application for a stimulus funding for the construction of the I-73 corridor in South Carolina that would connect with I-95.
Graham says the project is important for the economic future of the state. “I-73 is the largest economic development project in South Carolina history. It would create new jobs and investment in some of the under-served, economically challenged areas of our state”. Planners say construction of the corridor alone would create 10,000 jobs.
The entire proposed I-73 project would stretch from Grayling, Michigan to Myrtle Beach.