The North Eastern Strategic Alliance, a group that promotes
development in a 10-county area of South Carolina, has called for a proposed
interstate highway to be built as a toll road, The Associated Press reported.
Interstate 73 would run from the Grand Strand, an area of
South Carolina stretching 60 miles from Little River to Georgetown, all the way
to Detroit, the news service reported. The alliance is promoting construction
of a section that would run from the coastal area to Pee Dee, SC, which is 54
miles to the northwest. That would connect the tourist-driven Myrtle Beach
region with Interstate 95, the main north-south East Coast highway, and
millions of potential tourists.
the federal government typically picks up 80 percent of the cost of such
projects, the state would still have to pay millions out of the $2 billion
cost. And that’s where the tolls would come in.
"As you can imagine, the 80-mile project carries a very
large price tag," John Walsh, who heads work on I-73 for the South
Carolina Department of Transportation, told the news service. "We are
looking at all innovative financial options available to us. We aren't ruling
in or out any options."