|Trillion Dollar Highway Plans
= Multiple Bypass Surgery
a state by state list
|High Priority Corridors
specified by Congress in 1991, 1995, 1998, 2005, 2012
|Corridors of the Future|
| J. Edgar Hoover Parkway: transportation surveillance,
mileage taxes, RFID & video tolling
Corridor A to X in AL, GA, MD, MS, NC, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV
High Priority Corridor 5: I-73/74 North-South Corridor
I-73, I-74, routes 27, 127, 223, 23, 52, 220, 501
In the States of North Carolina and South Carolina, the Corridor shall generally follow:
- in the case of I-73--
- United States Route 220 from the Virginia State line to State Route 68 in the vicinity of Greensboro;
- State Route 68 to I-40;
- I-40 to United States Route 220 in Greensboro;
- United States Route 220 to United States Route 1 near Rockingham;
- United States Route 1 to the South Carolina State line; and
- South Carolina State line to the Myrtle Beach Conway region to Georgetown, South Carolina, including a connection to Andrews following the route 41 corridor and to Camden following the U.S. Route 521 corridor; and
- in the case of I-74--
- I-77 from Bluefield, West Virginia, to the junction of I-77 and the United States Route 52 connector in Surry County, North Carolina;
- the I-77/United States Route 52 connector to United States Route 52 south of Mount Airy, North Carolina;
- United States Route 52 to United States Route 311 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina;
- United States Route 311 to United States Route 220 in the vicinity of Randleman, North Carolina;
- United States Route 220 to United States Route 74 near Rockingham;
- United States Route 74 to United States Route 76 near Whiteville;
- United States Route 74/76 to the South Carolina State line in Brunswick County; and
- South Carolina State line to the Myrtle Beach Conway region to Georgetown, South Carolina.
Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013
Special-interest push for South Carolina interstate hits roadblock
By Greg Gordon and Curtis Tate | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — Business leaders in Myrtle Beach, S.C., tried every tactic they could to win $1.3 billion in funding for Interstate 73, a six-lane gateway to their seaside getaway.
They coaxed dozens of members of Congress to tour the area, including five who've chaired key committees, escorting some of them aboard helicopters for aerial views of clogged traffic in one of the country's most popular resort communities.
The highway's backers commissioned economic studies that showed the road would generate jobs, industry and development. They bought TV ads. They hired former congressmen and a onetime chairman of the Democratic National Committee to lobby in Washington.
Myrtle Beach-area businessmen, road builders and their family members poured nearly $1.4 million into the campaign coffers of South Carolina Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint, three home-state congressmen, state legislators and political parties.
"I-73 is the largest economic development project in South Carolina history," Graham has said repeatedly.
Environmentalists hit back with studies that said upgrades to existing highways could deliver almost as much economic benefit at a tenth of the cost. But they found themselves outmatched by the deep-pocketed, well-connected alliance pushing the new road.
Beginning in 2005, I-73 boosters secured more than $125 million from Congress and the state Department of Transportation for a 5.7-mile stretch of asphalt that would give them the beachhead they sought: an exit from I-95, the busiest travel corridor along the Eastern Seaboard.
But for all the money the highway's supporters spent, the lobbyists they hired and the positive reports they printed, they have yet to get it built.
And for all their warnings of environmental destruction and runaway development, opponents couldn't stop it, either.
In a testament to the condition of the nation's highway finances, South Carolina ran out of money before it could put the first shovel in the ground.
new tollroad on south side of Greenville recently built.
I-520 new beltway around Augusta, GA now built into SC to I-20