I-73 in South Carolina
I-73, the $2.4 billion interstate proposed to link the Myrtle Beach area with I-95 and beyond to North Carolina, has been and continues to be driven by special interests without regard to need, to cost, or its impact on the environment and community. The proposed interstate will impact or destroy over 350 acres of wetlands and 22 miles of streams. Local communities that now struggle to stay economically viable will be devastated. There is no need for a new interstate.
Two years ago the Conservation League released an independent study analyzing an alternative to I-73… improving SC 38/ US 501. The Conservation League named the improved alternative the Grand Strand Expressway. The study found that improving the existing roads would deliver similar economic and transportation benefits at a fraction of the cost of building I-73. Today I-73 still lacks permits and funding, but the political will to get this interstate built is strong. The Conservation League will continue to monitor the permitting process and advocate for a less expensive and less ecologically harmful transportation alternative.