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Interstate 174 South Carolina

 

Proposed Routing

Interstate 174 is the proposed designation for the North Myrtle Beach Connector per failed House of Representatives Bill H.3462/Senate Bill S.0291.

The Senate version of the resolution (S.0291) for Interstate 73, Interstate 74, and Interstate 174 was as follows:

    "The General Assembly, by this resolution, requests appropriate federal and state highway officials to designate the highways referenced below as part of the new interstate highway system as follows:
    1. "Highway 22, the Conway Bypass, known as the Veterans Highway, as part of new Interstate Highway 73 (I-73);
    2. "Carolina Bays Parkway, known as the John B. Singleton Parkway, as part of new Interstate Highway 74 (I-74); and
    3. "The North Myrtle Beach Connector as Interstate Highway I-174.

    "Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the federal highway administration and the South Carolina Department of Transportation."1

The House, however, offered its own version of the routing of Interstate 73 (House Bill H.3462), which would follow "Highway 22, the Conway Bypass, known as the Veterans Highway, as part of new Interstate Highway 73 (I-73) if the South Carolina Department of Transportation through engineering and consultant professionals on highway construction determines this is the best route." As for Interstate 74, the Senate indicated that "any consideration of routing of Interstate 74 in South Carolina may be considered by South Carolina after engineering and highway consultants determine the best and most cost effective route that safeguards the environment, and only after North Carolina formally agrees to an acceptable time cycle to complete the North Carolina section of Interstate 73 from Rockingham to the South Carolina state line, near Bennettsville, South Carolina." Due to the differences in the descriptions of Interstates 73 and 74 in South Carolina, the bill did not pass the General Assembly.2 3

Interstate 174, meanwhile, had exactly the same language in both bills, so it is anticipated to remain once the House and Senate agree to a compromise for this bill.

Status

Between January 2003 and March 2004, South Carolina Bill 3462 was negotiated and deliberated between the state House of Representatives and Senate, but it was not approved and made into law. As a result, the resolution of support for Interstate 174 is currently on hold. Nevertheless, according to Myrtle Beach Online, the construction of the North Myrtle Beach Connector (Future Interstate 174) was to commence in early 2005. Even so, politics have governed the development of this road. The mayor of North Myrtle Beach was "insulted" by a low offer for a portion of her land that is in the path of Future Interstate 174.5 Nevertheless, land acquisition and project construction were on schedule.

The North Myrtle Beach Connector starts at South Carolina 90 near South Carolina 31/Carolina Bays Parkway (Future Interstate 74) and travels east across the Intracoastal Waterway to U.S. 17 (Kings Highway) at Main Street in North Myrtle Beach.4 Construction is nearing completion and the route may open by late summer 2009.6 Design of the route includes a diamond interchange with South Carolina 31, and thus the possibility of numbering the route to Interstate 174 is in question.

Northern Terminus - Future Interstate 74 - North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
A diamond interchange between South Carolina 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway) lies south of the North Myrtle Beach Connector merge with South Carolina 90. Neither junction represents a freeway grade connection for the possible Interstate 174.
Southern Terminus - Main Street - North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The east end of the North Myrtle Beach Connector is the signalized intersection between U.S. 17 (Kings Highway) and Main Street.

Sources

  1. Senate Bill S.0291
  2. House Bill H.3462
  3. "S.C. interstate issues revived" from The Sun News by Zane Wilson, Friday, March 1, 2002
  4. Myrtle Beach Online - community profile of North Myrtle Beach
  5. "Mayor battles state over land in path of highway" from The Sun News by David Wren, Wednesday, October 13, 2004
  6. "North Myrtle Beach connector leads to benefits." TheSunNews.com, May 4, 2009

Page Updated May 14, 2009.

 
Mileage

State South Carolina
Mileage TBD
Cities North Myrtle Beach
Junctions Future Interstate 74
Source: --
 
Aerial view of North Myrtle Beach Connector construction between U.S. 17 (Kings Highway) and South Carolina 90 north of the Carolina Bays Parkway. It appears an at-grade intersection with Sandridge Road exists, thus negating the route from freeway status.
Part of the North Myrtle Beach Connector involves building a 230 foot long span across the Intracoastal Waterway.
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