Today, the Dillon County Republican party made an online plea to Stop I-73. The county says the road will decimate Dillon’s economy.
THE FACEBOOK POST READS: The Governor, Tom Rice and other elected officials from Horry County held a press conference Monday concerning I-73. Horry County voted on using local tax dollars in helping to fund this. How long before Dillon County will be pressed to use Dillon County tax dollars to fund a highway that will decimate Our Dillon County Economy!
The connector road is not popular among the counties nor in rural Horry County.
It is very popular among the special interests at the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors.
Locals are concerned the connector road will simply dump more congestion onto Highway 501.
Phase one is a six mile stretch of road that runs from I-95 to north of Marion.
Phase 2A and 2B run through Marion County. Phase 3 runs through Horry County and is likely more than 20 years away from development.
All of the project remains 100% fully unfunded and will need the S.C. General Assembly to pass legislation agreeing to spend $200 million of budget surplus state funds for just the initial 6 miles of paving.