Forum held to discuss proposed interstate

November 22, 2011 by  

A forum was held last month in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for local residents and local state and elected officials to discuss the impact of the proposed I-73 Interstate that will run between North and South Carolina. The North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach Chambers of Commerce sponsored the event with about 50 people in attendance.

Officials in attendance at the meeting included South Carolina Representative Tracy Edge, Mayor Marilyn Hartley of North Myrtle Beach and Horry County Council Chairman Tom Rice. They all fielded questions from the audience and provided brochures and flyers that were made by various printing services by the I-73 for SC Organization and have detailed maps of the location of the new interstate and information about the potential economic growth, increase in tourism and job creation that would result from the building of this highway.

According to Edge, the planned Interstate 73 in South Carolina and Interstate 74 in North Carolina will have benefits for both states. With currently no Interstate in either state, the proposed highways will reduce traffic, and provide new business opportunities and jobs for both the long and short term. Safety will also be an important issue as officials have determined that the new roads would provide a means for evacuation in the case of emergencies.

Other officials have pointed out that these proposed interstates will help to bring more people into the surrounding areas and be a boost for tourism. Council Chairman Rice pointed out that the income received from tourism alone might justify the entire cost of the Interstate.