Two surveys indicate strong support for I-73 in Horry County

Two recent polls showed there was strong support for having the I-73 in Horry County.

These surveys were conducted by The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) and by the Trafalgar Group.

“We are pleased by the results of two recent surveys that confirm a great depth of support among businesses and residents of Horry County,” said Karen Riordan, president and CEO of the chamber. “We believe that a successful funding path for I-73 can be found if everyone remains committed and engaged in the interest of supporting the effort.”

The MBACC’s survey from its business members from Little River to Pawleys Island and west of the Intracoastal Waterway shows support for the I-73 at 88.7 percent in favor. The study also indicated that 91 percent of these members think I-73 can help reduce evacuation times during natural disasters.

“The support of 74.6 percent of all the voters surveyed and 88.71 percent of the chamber business membership confirms what so many in our community have shared with me since I joined the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber: We need Interstate 73,” Riordan said. “The chamber remains committed to working with our investor-members, elected officials and local residents to support this effort.”

The other poll which was conducted countrywide (1,774 respondents) in May 2019 by the Trafalgar Group on behalf of the MBACC showed overall support of 74.6 percent. About 72 percent of the respondents think the I-73 will improve economic development opportunities in Horry County.

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