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INTERSTATE 73 (I-73) is an Interstate Highway
Highway
, located within the U.S. state of North Carolina
North Carolina
. It is part of a longer planned corridor, defined by various federal laws to run from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
South Carolina
, to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan , but only the part south of West Virginia
West Virginia
is under study as of 2012. The corridor passes through the states of South Carolina
South Carolina
, North Carolina, Virginia
Virginia
, West Virginia
Virginia
, Ohio
Ohio
, and Michigan
Michigan
. Ohio
Ohio
and Michigan
Michigan
do not plan to build any part of the highway , as the I-73 corridor in both of these states is already served by existing freeways or 4-lane highways that will eventually be upgraded to freeways. West Virginia
West Virginia
is building its section, mostly along U.S. Highway
Highway
52 , as a four-lane divided highway , but not meeting the Interstate Highway
Highway
standards . On the other hand, North Carolina
North Carolina
and South Carolina
South Carolina
have built sections and Virginia
Virginia
plans to build its part. Thus Interstate 73
Interstate 73
will, once scheduled projects are completed, run from South Carolina
South Carolina
to Roanoke, Virginia
Virginia
, where it will end at Interstate 81
Interstate 81
. Associated with these plans are those for the extension of Interstate 74
Interstate 74
from Cincinnati
Cincinnati
to Myrtle Beach, with several highway overlaps contemplated.

Currently, there is one continuous section of Interstate 73, totaling 93.5 miles (150.5 km), first traversing the US 220 freeway 70.0 miles (112.7 km) from Ellerbe, NC to I-85 in Greensboro, NC then along the southwestern segment of the Greensboro Outer Loop 12 miles (19 km) from US 220 to Bryan Blvd., then 9.5 miles (15.3 km) along a newly built route opened completed in July 2017 from Bryan Blvd west then north to US 220 near Summerfield, NC .

CONTENTS

* 1 Route description

* 1.1 South Carolina
South Carolina
* 1.2 North Carolina
North Carolina
* 1.3 Virginia
Virginia
* 1.4 West Virginia
West Virginia
* 1.5 Ohio
Ohio
* 1.6 Michigan
Michigan

* 2 History

* 3 Future

* 3.1 South Carolina
South Carolina
* 3.2 Virginia
Virginia
* 3.3 West Virginia
West Virginia
* 3.4 Ohio
Ohio
* 3.5 Michigan
Michigan

* 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

Lengths

MI KM

SC

NC 80.85 130.12

VA

WV

OH

MI

TOTAL 80.85 130.12

SOUTH CAROLINA

Main article: Interstate 73
Interstate 73
in South Carolina
South Carolina

Future I-73 will traverse northeastern South Carolina, from the Grand Strand to Bennettsville . The current alignment will replace South Carolina Highway
Highway
22 and run parallel north of U.S. Route 501 and South Carolina Highway
Highway
38 . In June 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved permits required to build I-73. Now funding needs to be acquired, which may make I-73 a toll road in SC.

NORTH CAROLINA

I-73/I-74 toward Ellerbe, NC Main article: Interstate 73
Interstate 73
in North Carolina
North Carolina

North Carolina
North Carolina
is the only state that has a finished section of Interstate 73, as of 2017. It traverses along the US 220 freeway from Ellerbe , through Asheboro , to Greensboro ; all within the central Piedmont . When completed, it will also connect the cities of Rockingham and Madison .

VIRGINIA

Main article: Interstate 73
Interstate 73
in Virginia
Virginia

Future Interstate 73
Interstate 73
is planned to connect Martinsville and Roanoke , then head west to Blacksburg before entering West Virginia
West Virginia
.

WEST VIRGINIA

Main article: U.S. Route 52 in West Virginia
West Virginia

Future Interstate 73
Interstate 73
is planned to enter, from Virginia
Virginia
, near Bluefield and then go northwest along the King Coal
Coal
Highway
Highway
to Huntington .

OHIO

Main article: U.S. Route 23 in Ohio
Ohio

Future Interstate 73
Interstate 73
is planned to parallel US 52 to Portsmouth , then north with US 23 through Columbus and Toledo .

MICHIGAN

Future Interstate 73
Interstate 73
is planned to go northwesterly to Jackson then go north with US 127 to Grayling . From there, the corridor continues along Interstate 75
Interstate 75
to Sault Ste. Marie .

HISTORY

In 1979, K.A. Ammar, a Bluefield, West Virginia
West Virginia
businessman, started the Bluefield-to-Huntington Highway
Highway
Association in order to widen US 52 , a very dangerous two-lane road used to transport coal from mines to barges on the Ohio
Ohio
River . With coal employment in decline and the desire to bring in other businesses, Ammar worked to get the road improved. In 1989, Bluefield State College
Bluefield State College
Professor John Sage learned of plans to add more Interstate Highways. Ammar and Sage came up with the idea for a road that would be called I-73, to run from Detroit
Detroit
to Charleston, South Carolina
South Carolina
. Ammar and others promoted the idea to the people of Portsmouth, Ohio
Ohio
, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
.

In 1991, as Congress worked on reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Act , the people from West Virginia
West Virginia
worked to get I-73 approved; the highway would run alongside US 52. The influential Robert Byrd
Robert Byrd
, at the time West Virginia's senior senator, chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee , but even Byrd said funding for such a highway would be hard to find. In North Carolina, Marc Bush of the Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce admitted the plan would benefit his area, but said it was not a priority.

The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991
Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991
(ISTEA) defined HIGH PRIORITY CORRIDOR 5, the "I-73/74 North–South Corridor" from Charleston, South Carolina
South Carolina
, through Winston-Salem, North Carolina , to Portsmouth, Ohio
Ohio
, to Cincinnati, Ohio
Ohio
, and Detroit, Michigan." This would provide for a single corridor from Charleston, splitting at Portsmouth, with I-74 turning west to its current east end in Cincinnati, and I-73 continuing north to Detroit. I-73/I-74 begin near Ellerbe, NC

In North Carolina, any new construction would require more money than the state had available, but Walter C. Sprouse Jr., executive director of the Randolph County Economic Development Corporation pointed out that most of the route of I-73 included roads already scheduled for improvements that would make them good enough for interstate designation. A connector between I-77 and US 52 at Mt. Airy was planned, and US 52 from Mt. Airy to Winston-Salem and US 311 from Winston-Salem to High Point were four-lane divided highways. A US 311 bypass of High Point was planned, which would eventually connect to US 220 at Randleman. I-73 would follow US 220 to Rockingham. Another possibility was following I-40 from Winston-Salem to Greensboro. In Winston-Salem, congestion on US 52 was expected to be a problem. The route through High Point was approved in May 1993.

However, by November of that year, an organization called Job Link, made up of business leaders from northern North Carolina
North Carolina
and southern Virginia, wanted a major highway to connect Roanoke with the Greensboro area. It could be I-73, the group said, but did not have to be. In April 1995, John Warner
John Warner
, who chaired the Senate subcommittee that would select the route of I-73, announced his support for the Job Link proposal. This distressed Winston-Salem officials who were counting on I-73, though Greensboro had never publicly sought the road. But an aide to US Senator Lauch Faircloth said the 1991 law authorizing I-73 required the road to go through Winston-Salem. Faircloth got around this requirement, though, by asking Warner to call the highway to Winston-Salem I-74. In May, Warner announced plans to propose legislation that made the plan for two Interstates official.

The National Highway
Highway
System Designation Act of 1995 added a branch from Toledo, Ohio
Ohio
, to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan , via the US 223 and US 127 corridors. (At the time, US 127 north of Lansing was part of US 27 .) It also gave details for the alignments in West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina
North Carolina
and South Carolina. I-73 and I-74 were to split near Bluefield, West Virginia
West Virginia
, joining again between Randleman and Rockingham, North Carolina
North Carolina
; both would end at Charleston. The American Association of State Highway
Highway
and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) approved the sections of I-73 and I-74 south of I-81 in Virginia
Virginia
(with I-74 ending at I-73 near Myrtle Beach ) on July 25, 1996, allowing for them to be marked once built to Interstate standards and connected to other Interstate highways. The final major change came with the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century of 1998 (TEA-21), when both routes were truncated to Georgetown, South Carolina .

North Carolina
North Carolina
took the lead in signing highways as I-73 following AASHTO's approval and since has finished and approved construction projects to build new sections of the Interstate Highway. As of 2015, the route is signed along 82.4 miles (132.6 km) of freeway from the southwestern part of the Greensboro Urban Loop around Greensboro, North Carolina
North Carolina
to just south of Ellerbe, North Carolina and an additional 15.0 miles (24.1 km) is under construction. The only other progress in building I-73 can be seen in Virginia
Virginia
and South Carolina. In 2005 Virginia
Virginia
completed an environmental impact statement for its recommended route for I-73 from I-81 in Roanoke to the North Carolina border. FHWA approved the EIS report in April 2007. Virginia
Virginia
can now go ahead to draw up plans to construct the highway and proceed to build it once funds are obtained. South Carolina
South Carolina
also has shown recent interest in building its section of I-73 with a corridor selected for the route from I-95 to Myrtle Beach in 2006 and a final decision on how the highway should be routed north of I-95 to the North Carolina border in July 2007. In January 2006, the South Carolina
South Carolina
state legislature introduced bills to construct I-73 as a toll highway. It is hoped a guaranteed stream of revenue will allow it to build its section of I-73 within 10 years. FHWA approved South Carolina's proposal on August 10, 2007.

Ohio
Ohio
and Michigan
Michigan
both abandoned further environmental studies on their portions of I-73. It is important to note that most of the I-73 corridor in both of these states follows existing freeways or highways scheduled to be upgraded to freeways under plans that predate I-73.

FUTURE

SOUTH CAROLINA

I-73 and I-74 both will begin at Georgetown, South Carolina
South Carolina
, and run to Myrtle Beach . I-73 splits to the northwest to Rockingham, North Carolina .

On May 30, 2006, SCDOT announced its preferred routing of I-73 between Myrtle Beach and I-95 . I-73 will begin where South Carolina Highway
Highway
22 (SC 22) starts at US 17 near Briarcliffe Acres . It will then proceed northwest crossing the proposed routing of I-74 (currently SC 31 , the Carolina Bays Parkway). After passing Conway , I-73 will leave SC 22 at a new interchange to be constructed two miles (3.2 km) west of US 701 , and will then use a new highway to be built between SC 22 and SC 917 north of Cool Spring . I-73 will then use an upgraded SC 917 to cross the Little Pee Dee River. It will then proceed on a new freeway alignment between SC 917 and I-95 that would have an interchange with US 76 west of Mullins and then would proceed northwest to an exit with US 501 near Latta, passing that city to the south before intersecting I-95 near SC 38 . After crossing I-95, I-73 will use the chosen middle route, one of six potential alternative corridors that were studied all of which roughly paralleling SC 38 to proceed further north to the North Carolina
North Carolina
state line. These alternative corridors were formally announced to the public on September 7, 2006, at a meeting in Bennettsville, South Carolina . The number of possible routes was reduced to three, and a final decision on the preferred northern route was announced on July 19, 2007. The central route caused the least disruption to homes, farms and wetlands. The North and South Carolina
South Carolina
departments of transportation previously agreed to an I-73 corridor crossing the state line along SC and NC 38 near Hamlet, North Carolina
North Carolina
, on February 11, 2005. Previously I-73 had been planned to cross the state line further west, near US 1 south of Rockingham, North Carolina
North Carolina
.

In February 2008, the Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the section of I-73 from I-95 to SC 22 was signed. An October 22, 2008 ceremony marked the signing of the Record of Decision for the section from near Hamlet to I-95.

On November 7, 2011, Myrtle Beach city council member Wayne Gray asked area elected officials to consider using Road Improvement and Development Effort (RIDE) funds to pay for a portion of I-73.

In June 2012, Miley and Associates of Columbia, South Carolina
South Carolina
, recommended improvements to SC 38 and US 501 to create the Grand Strand Expressway (GSX), a position long held by the Coastal Conservation League, which asked for the study. SC Representative Alan Clemmons, head of the National I-73 Corridor Association, said such a plan had been considered but was not likely. Nancy Cave of the Coastal Conservation League reiterated support for upgrading SC 38 and US 501, along with US 521 and SC 9 , after results of a new study were presented at an August 1, 2012, meeting of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. The study claimed that 90,000 people could leave the area 10 hours faster in an evacuation with I-73 and Southern Evacuation Lifeline (SELL) both in place.

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