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Sen. Graham: Next Step for I-73 in S.C. Is Interchange

Fri October 29, 2010 - Southeast Edition

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said the next step for Interstate 73 in South Carolina is an interchange in Dillon County.

Multiple media outlets reported that Graham spoke Aug. 27 on the long-planned interstate to the heart of the state’s tourism industry across six states from Michigan to Myrtle Beach. Its 90-mi. trek through four South Carolina counties is expected to cost $2 billion.

The $150 million interchange would connect U.S. Highway 501 to Interstate 95. Graham said about half the funding is available, so the state needs to appropriate the remaining $75 million.

A study released in January 2009 said the South Carolina leg of I-73 could create thousands of jobs and generate more than $1 billion in household income during the five-year construction.