Judge dismisses environmental group’s lawsuit against the I-73 project


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – A U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of the federal government and its decision to approve plans to build U.S. Interstate 73.

In the 43-page opinion, Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks on Thursday denied claims by the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League and dismissed their lawsuit. A copy of the ruling can be found HERE.

The proposed Interstate 73 would connect the Grand Strand to I-95 and beyond. Studies have estimated I-73 will help create 23,000 new jobs in the state and provide a critical hurricane evacuation route for the coast, according to S.C. Rep. Case Brittain, who serves as the chair of the National I-73/74/75 Corridor Association.

Karen Riordan, president, and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber will remain committed to the project that so many see as a lifeline for the Grand Strand.

“Today’s order is a colossal win for Myrtle Beach, Horry County and the entire state of South Carolina,” Riordan said. “I-73 is a public safety and economic development necessity for South Carolina. The project is well-vetted and that’s why the Federal Government issued a permit authorizing construction in June 2017.”

Gov. Henry McMaster said, “Completing I-73 is a critical component of our state’s future prosperity and I’m glad to see that we’re one step closer to seeing this project come to fruition.”

U.S. Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC) said, “Today, we’ve overcome a large hurdle to the construction of I-73 that has put the project on unnecessary hold for years. The Grand Strand is one of the busiest tourist destinations in the country. It’s time our infrastructure meets that demand. I will continue to do all I can at the federal level to make sure this project comes to fruition.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories