Horry Council Council OKs Highway 90 funding, rejects I-73 resolution

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CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County Council approved a resolution supporting a Highway 90 expansion project Tuesday night but rejected another one that would have dedicated hospitality fee revenue for Interstate 73 construction in the county.

Council members voted 11-0 in favor of the Highway 90 resolution, which provides $30 million dollars from RIDE 2 funds for expansion and improvements north of Highway 501 Business in Conway to Highway 22.

Horry County Councilman Al Allen motioned to add the area North of 22 in the Fairmont area to the resolution saying that the people there need help, too.

Meanwhile, council members narrowly rejected the I-73 resolution after several people spoke out against it during the public input portion of the meeting. The vote was 6-5 against the measure.

Councilman Johnny Vaught, along with Allen and other members, said they’re waiting on the state to dedicate money toward the project first.

“As far as I-73 is concerned, nobody else has stepped up to the plate,” Vaught said. “The governor came and made a big to do about $300 million, he can’t guarantee that $300 million.”

Allen said, “I think it is reckless to hang the citizens of Horry County and be the only government entity and hanging them and their public funding on a hook…on a possible highway that may never get built.”

The resolution would have dedicated up to $4.2 million from countywide hospitality fee revenue generated in the unincorporated areas of the county annually up to 30 years.

Allen added that “Horry County cannot afford to build this highway by itself, that’s the bottom line.”

In other action, council members passed the third reading of an ordinance that revises flood damage preventions standards.

Also, the second reading of an ordinance to limit the permissible hours of construction also passed.

Right now, construction may be done from 7 a.m. through 11 p.m. The ordinance would make it so construction hours can be done from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, with no work on Sundays.

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