I am reviewing the Hurricane Guide in today's paper. There is an outstanding Evacuation Routes map. I praise you for printing it. Looking at this map vigilantly, I had no trouble instantly recognizing that the proposed route for I-73 is horrendous, the whole concept needs to be dumped, and launched yet again.
Connecting to I-95 in Dillon is irrational. Travelers to Myrtle Beach from the north on I-95 prudently never make it this far, as the course is actually proceeding away from our area, and they can get here more efficiently by exiting in NC and using state highways.
Visitors from the west, including Charlotte, will still use I-26 to I-95, and continue as they do now, seeing that Dillon will be an extra 30 miles journey without getting any closer.
The biggest bang for the buck, then, would be upgrading the current highways with a good intersection from I-26/I-95 to US76/301, building a true bypass around Aynor, such as the one completed about 10 years ago past Andrews, and connecting to the intersection of SC22 and US501.
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Then, a similar bypass should be developed just west of Conway, connecting to SC31/544. This route would alleviate the bottleneck on US501 beyond a doubt.
Afterward, if I-73 can be economically justified, connect it to I-95 and I-20.
Our honorable legislators and highway engineers need to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new set of blueprints.
The writer lives in Surfside Beach.