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Author Topic: I-73 & I-74 in S.C.  (Read 107753 times)

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Re: I-73 & I-74 in S.C.
« Reply #325 on: October 07, 2021, 08:22:22 AM »

I agree, they should get the coastal segment out of the way first, then work their way back to Rockingham after that. That way, the Piedmont Triad will have a more direct connection to Myrtle Beach, something I-74 will never give them.

The Piedmont Triad already has a good route to the beach, as I-40 gets you headed towards Morehead City and Wilmington.  I-74/I-73 is along the traditional route that folks from the Great Lakes and West Virginia take to get to the beach.  From what I've seen at North Carolina beaches like Atlantic Beach/Emerald Isle, Topsail, Surf City, Wrightsville, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Oak Island,, they are all getting more folks from Michigan/Ohio/West Virginia because of faster speed routes in North Carolina.  South Carolina is needing to catch up, but I'm starting to wonder if North Carolina would ever bother to build the final short stretch from Rockingham to the border.

North Carolina will build the final short stretch from Rockingham to the border.... when SC is extending their part of I-73 from I-95 to the NC border. NC has a habit of waiting for another states to finish building their section of the interstate before they can proceed.

The nice thing about the I-74 extension from Rockingham into South Carolina is that it will also improve US-1 heading toward Columbia.

Either way, once I-73 is complete between Rockingham and I-95, travel times would be around 10-15 minutes faster than current, and I-73/I-95/I-20 could be a viable, all freeway route over US-1.

The I-73 extension would follow NC/SC-38, not US-1.

That makes sense.  But I haven't seen anything formal indicating how North Carolina and South Carolina will make the connection at the border.  I would anticipate that NCDOT will pressure South Carolina to bring the connection as far west as possible.  Regardless, whenever I-73 does ever get completed it won't make any sense to use US-1 to Cheraw if you can use the SC-38 corridor and cut over to Wallace/Cheraw using the faster route.  Unless your GPS is set for shortest route.
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Re: I-73 & I-74 in S.C.
« Reply #326 on: October 07, 2021, 05:20:31 PM »

I agree, they should get the coastal segment out of the way first, then work their way back to Rockingham after that. That way, the Piedmont Triad will have a more direct connection to Myrtle Beach, something I-74 will never give them.

The Piedmont Triad already has a good route to the beach, as I-40 gets you headed towards Morehead City and Wilmington.  I-74/I-73 is along the traditional route that folks from the Great Lakes and West Virginia take to get to the beach.  From what I've seen at North Carolina beaches like Atlantic Beach/Emerald Isle, Topsail, Surf City, Wrightsville, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Oak Island,, they are all getting more folks from Michigan/Ohio/West Virginia because of faster speed routes in North Carolina.  South Carolina is needing to catch up, but I'm starting to wonder if North Carolina would ever bother to build the final short stretch from Rockingham to the border.

North Carolina will build the final short stretch from Rockingham to the border.... when SC is extending their part of I-73 from I-95 to the NC border. NC has a habit of waiting for another states to finish building their section of the interstate before they can proceed.

The nice thing about the I-74 extension from Rockingham into South Carolina is that it will also improve US-1 heading toward Columbia.

Either way, once I-73 is complete between Rockingham and I-95, travel times would be around 10-15 minutes faster than current, and I-73/I-95/I-20 could be a viable, all freeway route over US-1.

The I-73 extension would follow NC/SC-38, not US-1.

That makes sense.  But I haven't seen anything formal indicating how North Carolina and South Carolina will make the connection at the border.  I would anticipate that NCDOT will pressure South Carolina to bring the connection as far west as possible.  Regardless, whenever I-73 does ever get completed it won't make any sense to use US-1 to Cheraw if you can use the SC-38 corridor and cut over to Wallace/Cheraw using the faster route.  Unless your GPS is set for shortest route.

Bob Malme has some renders of the proposed alignment on his I-73 segment 13 page. It'll be a semi-directional T interchange (with the existing US 74/future I-74 bypass as the mainline, not I-73) just east of the NC 38 interchange, with that reconfigured to tie into all the ramps. I don't know how old this design is, or whether it will be changed at all by the time SC builds their segment.
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