Today, Governor Henry McMaster, surrounded by Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune, and U.S. Congressman Tom Rice, pledged $300 million in Federal ARCA monies for a 6 mile road running from I-95 to Marion, S.C.
Journalists in the room quietly asked one another why the press conference was not held in Marion, S.C.?
A bevvy of Horry County Councilmen including Dennis DiSibato, Johnny Vaught, Orton Bellamy, Bill Howard and Tyler Servant were present. This despite the fact that none of phase one of the connector road approaches the Horry County line.
The Highway 501 termination point could possibly cause traffic concerns as Highway 576, Highway 38 and Highway 501 all meet within miles of this one location.
Not one elected candidate present could speak as to where any additional funds would come from to move the project farther East than the current Marion, S.C. connection.
I-73 has been a discussed and projected interstate in S.C. since 1973.