‘Devastating’: Dillon city leaders worry I-73 could shrink economic growth – Florence, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina 2021-10-13 18:33:54 –

Dillon, South Carolina (WBTW) — Some leaders in Dillon, South Carolina believe that part of Interstate 73 will have a devastating impact on the economy.

On Monday night, the Dillon City Council unanimously passed a resolution in Dillon County against the route proposed by SCDOT. Dillon City Council member James David told News13 that the proposed route could block traffic through the city and deprive the city of economic growth.

“We have suffered in the past and are trying to rebuild what is now downtown in our community. I think that would really hurt us,” said David. ..

SCDOT said it plans to place the I-73 just outside Dillon County, limiting tourist access.

“You get off [I-73] There is no offramp to Dillon County. I mean you think about it, I mean it’s catastrophic, “said David.

Meanwhile, Senator Kent Williams, who represents the counties of Dillon, Holly, Marion, and Marlboro, stands firmly in the opposite lane.

“Many tourists who will use the I-73 come down from Charlotte, 74, and don’t actually pass through Dillon,” Williams said.

Williams said the I-73 is essential for the economic growth needed across Speedy and Grand Strand. Parliamentarian Jackie Hayes represents Dillon County.

He supports I-73, but said he can make progress without endangering the county.

“Why don’t we go ahead and drive on highway 9 with four lanes? It’s very cost-effective and you can tweak the I-73 a bit in a place that doesn’t go around the entire Dillon County. You may be able to do it, “Haze said.

Hayes says the expansion of News13 Highway 9 is currently a top priority.

“I think a lot of people in Holly County think like me. Before embarking on this major infrastructure project, we try to manage the roads we already have and improve them. Let’s do it, “says Hayes.

Hayes is worried that this could shut down the I-73 building unless compromised.

If this proposed route is Dillon County’s only option, News13 has contacted SCDOT and is waiting for a reply.

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