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I-73 project takes big step forward

A major step forward was taken on Friday for the Interstate 73 project. (WPDE file image)

A major step forward was taken on Friday for the Interstate 73 project.

South Carolina Department of Transportation officials say that the permit package has been vetted by the Army Corps of Engineers and various state agencies and now goes to the public for comment for at least 30 days.

The SC DOT will respond to all of the comments made.

After the comment period, the Corps may issue a notice of permit to build the road.

The project concept has been in the works for more than 23 years and seeks to build an major interstate highway from Michigan to Myrtle Beach.

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The portion of the planned highway would go through the upper part of South Carolina and exit through Marlboro County.

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Construction could start on the project within the next three years, officials say.

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