Governor Announces Support for I-73 Expansion
An infrastructure project that has been long-supported by the Grand Strand and Pee Dee regions of the state received a major boost from state officials. Last Friday, Governor McMaster joined the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce to announce support to commit $300 million of the $1.6 billion needed for the expansion of I-73 to Myrtle Beach. The expansion will happen between I-95 and US 501.
The state portion would be funded with both the American Rescue Plan Act dollars and non-recurring surplus dollars from the state's projected $1 billion budget surplus for the fiscal year 2022, and ultimately require approval by the General Assembly. If $300 million is secured, the project could begin within six to nine months. Local and federal officials are also committing funding for the project.