In Myrtle Beach today, Senator Lindsey Graham met with local and state leaders about an Interstate to bring more people to the South Carolina coast.
The proposed Interstate runs from Michigan to Myrtle Beach. Sen. Graham wants the interchange of I-73 to be at Interstate 95. He also says he plans to meet with Vice President Joe Biden, about stimulus funding for the project and that this kind of infrastructure is what stimulus funds are for.
State Representative Doug Jennings of Bennettsville, chairs a regional committee for the I-73 project. He says today’s meeting was “to basically chart the course of how we move forward from here to solve the issues of road financing and trying to get this project moved from just a talking point to a reality that will serve South Carolina.”
Rep. Jennings says I-73 is the fourth-ranked priority in national-regional significance for the U.S. Highway Administration and will be on the wish-list for the upcoming federal highway reauthorization bill. The project may cost the state as much as $2 billion, but a study shows that it will bolster the local economy as well as draw more people to the state’s top tourism draw, the Grand Strand.