Supporters say Hurricane Florence showed the need for I-73, not everyone agrees
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) - A quarter of a century later, local, state, and federal leaders still work to build Interstate 73. It would be the Grand Strand area's first interstate. I-73 would run from Michigan to Myrtle Beach. Now after Hurricane Florence, there's even more urgency, among some, to complete the project.
As Hurricane Florence approached the South Carolina coast in September, so did the call for evacuations. "If any of your listeners or viewers were stuck on Highway 501 or Highway 9 or Highway 17 trying to dodge this storm and get their family to safety they understand how important it is to have good ingress and egress," said S.C. District 107 Rep. Alan Clemmons of Myrtle Beach.
The storm dumped more than a foot of rain across our part of the Carolinas. Subsequent flooding followed, forcing SCDOT crews to build enormous barriers along Highway 501 in Conway and on Hwy 17 in Georgetown County to keep main roads from flooding.