COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Army Corps of Engineers approved the federal construction permits to begin work on an interstate 73 that connects Mrytle Beach’s Grand Strand with northern Michigan. The burden is on the Myrtle Beach area to raise the necessary money to build the road.
The federal approval came after a proposed agreement last year to preserve Gunter’s Island in exchange for the estimated 325 acres of South Carolina wetlands. Gunter’s island has swamps, forest and streams that is home to native wildlife such as black bears and wild turkeys. in the middle of Horry County.
A study completed by SCDOT in May determined costs for the state’s portion of I-73 could range from about $2.8 billion if built this year to $3.4 billion if construction is delayed until 2025.