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Nearly 2,000 participants respond to I-73 survey, give feedback on tolls

 (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) conducted a travel survey of automobile drivers in the greater Myrtle Beach area. More than 1,900 drivers participated in the survey.

The purpose of the survey was to obtain input from drivers who travel within or through Dillon, Horry, Marion, Georgetown or Marlboro Counties in South Carolina. 

This survey helped analysts understand travel patterns and preferences to inform future transportation planning decisions.

The results of the survey are going to be incorporated into a travel forecasting model to forecast traffic on the proposed roadway.

These surveys could go a long way in determining the future of I-73. The interstate would be the gateway to a new path for millions wanting to get to and from the beach every year.

I-73 would connect Grand Strand and Pee Dee to an interstate system that runs all the way to Michigan. Those for the project say not only could I-73 offer a potentially easier and quicker route through our area but it could also help bring new businesses and jobs.

“For example a company that would need to have 100, 200, or so trucks on the road that's just not feasible for our area at this time because of the lack of accessibility,” added Morgan Dendy with the MBREDC. “They have to get on interstates."

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