HAND, SC (WBTW) – Economic development officials in Horry could say Interstate 73 could have a major impact on the inner part of the county if that happens.
“You think what a freeway would do not just for Myrtle Beach in particular, but for Horry County as a whole and really the surrounding area,” said the House of Commons director of economic development and government relations. Conway’s trade, Devin Parks. “Every time you come onto a whole new highway, it creates new jobs. You have industrial parks popping up, commercial real estate. The more jobs you have, the more people you have living here.
The proposed freeway would start in the Rockingham, North Carolina area, passing through Marlboro and Dillon counties, before crossing I-95 and then onto Hwy 22 in Horry County. .
Governor McMaster is expected to announce $ 300 million in funding for the Horry County Highway at an event in Myrtle Beach on Monday.
Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation president and CEO Sandy Davis said while she has heard concerns from businesses in Loris and Conway, the freeway could help Horry County to attract large industrial companies.
“We usually can’t recruit companies that are looking for 2,000 jobs because the big companies are not going to locate where there is no freeway,” she said.
Some commercial ventures along the proposed I-73 corridor, such as the farm-in-hand market, believe the freeway would bring more traffic to some of the smaller communities in Horry County.
“It could have an impact on the whole region from an economic point of view,” said agricultural market manager Roy Ginn.
Count on News13 for updates on Monday’s announcement.