Deadline to comment on I-73 almost here

This map shows the route I-73 would take through South Carolina.

There's only a week left until the deadline to voice your concerns, comments and opinions about Interstate-73.

Monday March 28th, 2011, is the last day Grand Strand residents can voice their concerns about such things as hurricane evacuation routes and what the interstate could mean to a specific community. The comments are being collected by the South Carolina office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Myrtle Beach Chamber Area of Commerce urges businesses and individuals to speak up about construction of I-73 . The chamber says I-73 will benefit tourism, as more than 14 million tourist visit the Myrtle Beach area per year, making it the country's busiest vacation spot without interstate access.

The interstate would start in Michigan, pass through Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina near Highway 52. The interstate would then intersect with I-95, head toward Myrtle Beach and connect with Highway 501 before merging with Highway 22, the Conway Bypass. Highway 22 would actually become I-73.

You can submit your comments by visiting the Corps' comment webpage or mailing your comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers address in Columbia, SC.