The House, however, offered its own version for 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 had exactly the same language in both bills, so it was anticipated to remain once the House and Senate agreed to a compromise for this bill.
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 was stymied. Nevertheless, according to Myrtle Beach Online, the construction of the North Myrtle Beach Connector was to commence in early 2005. Even so, politics 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 was in the path of new roadway.5 Nevertheless, land acquisition and project construction remained on schedule with completion anticipated by late Summer 2009,6.