Fall Road Rally targets Interstate 73 funding

Horry County, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Area officials hope an upcoming rally in Washington D.C. will help secure more funding for Interstate 73/74 in an upcoming Highway Reauthorization Bill, set to be passed in 2011.

The topic will be up for discussion during a series of meetings planned by the National I-73/74 Corridor Association in Washington D.C. from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1.

The last Highway Reauthorization Bill secured more than $100 million for the I-73 project, including $81 million for the South Carolina portion of the project. Lawmakers and area leaders hope to repeat their success again this year.

"It's the perfect time for us to hold another road rally in Washington, as Congress will soon be writing the next highway reauthorization bill," Alan Clemmons, chairman of the National I-73/74 Corridor Association, said.

Representatives from six states - including Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina - are expected to help strategize ways to secure an additional round of funding for the major infrastructure project.

As Congress has designated I-73 a "project of national and regional significance," officials claim the upcoming reauthorization bill may be the best chance at moving I-73 construction forward.

To register for the I-73/74 Fall Road Rally, visit MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com. To find out more information about the National I-73/74 Corridor Association, visit its website.

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