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Army Corps approves permit for new S Carolina interstate

A decades-long proposal to build a four-lane, nonstop path to the heart of South Carolina's tourism industry has cleared a major hurdle, but funding remains questionable.

Congressman Tom Rice announced Tuesday that the Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit allowing construction of Interstate 73 to the Grand Strand.

"We still have a ways to go but we're closer than ever, and I won't stop until this project is complete and people are driving on this road," said Rice, a Republican from Myrtle Beach.

The announcement comes 35 years after Congress required study for a proposed highway to Myrtle Beach. In 1991, Congress called a Michigan-to-Myrtle Beach...