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County votes to keep I-73 contract, for now

The Horry County Council did not cancel its contract with the state transportation department to begin construction of Interstate 73.

Instead, the council agreed to wait 90 days and work with local municipalities to nail down their contributions for the project to move forward.

The decision followed a two-hour executive session Wednesday, during which county council consulted with their lawyers over the ongoing lawsuit with Myrtle Beach over the collection of hospitality fees.

The county planned to use those fees to fund construction. Now that the fee collection is divided across local governments, county officials were unsure whether they had the necessary funding to move forward with the contract.

Myrtle Beach officials said in a statement Tuesday they are willing to commit their share of funding for the interstate. 

The city’s contribution, in addition to funding already promised from other municipalities and the county, “would be more than enough to fund the contract,” the statement said.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the council’s decision, we recommend Charles Perry’s story, linked here on My Horry News.