More I-73 Toll News:
From The Sun News:
The SC legislative session will be very interesting in regards to I-73. Will they come to an agreement quickly, or will it take time to create a Toll Authority like it did in North Carolina.
Tax policy may be the dominant theme for legislators in the upcoming session, but it isn't the only thing on the table.
I-73 | The 60-mile path of Interstate 73 in South Carolina would be a toll road under a bill filed by state Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Myrtle Beach.
Clemmons, president of the S.C. I-73 Association, said the move would guarantee some of the state's required matching funds for the $2 billion road that will be Horry County's first interstate connection.
"We need to be cautious with this" so as not to discourage use of what should be a tourist magnet, Clemmons said. But he thinks tolls will be necessary to ensure the road is built.
State Rep. Tracy Edge, R-
North Myrtle Beach, agreed tolls may be necessary, but he proposes creating a S.C. Turnpike Authority, a board similar to one in North Carolina that can decide if tolls are needed and how much should be charged.
Tolls should not be a legislative matter, Edge said.
The good news is planning for I-73 continues as the state figures out the funding source.
See: First Post and Update for 2006!
Got some of the North Carolina updates done....currently working on the abandoned I-85 connector ramps in Gastonia.