Clemmons wants I-73 on sales tax referendum; Horry Council chief says no

Rep. Alan Clemmons called for the RIDE III committee — a group tapped to decide which roads will be on a 2016 sales tax referendum — to seriously consider placing the long-planned I-73 project on its road list.

But, Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus said he doesn’t think voters would approve the project on the list and would rather use the sales tax, if approved by voters, for local inter-connectivity of roads.

The RIDE III committee is charged with identifying road projects throughout Horry County that need to be addressed. Much like the RIDE II program, which helped build the Aynor Overpass, the back gate bridge at S.C. 707 and U.S. 17 Bypass, and many others, RIDE III will have to be approved by voters in 2016 before the county can apply a one-cent sales tax for seven years.