Washington, D.C.— Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07) issued the following statement regarding the Army Corp of Engineers permitting of the Carolina Bays Parkway in Horry County, South Carolina:  

“Federal regulations stifle progress on countless infrastructure projects throughout our country.  I was sent to Washington to cut through the regulatory red tape and work with the Federal government so my district can secure the necessary permits to meet our critical infrastructure needs.  After repeated meetings with the Army Corps of Engineers, the federal permit for the Carolina Bays Parkway will be issued tomorrow.  It is time to get the shovels in the ground, get people back to work, and improve our local infrastructure.”

The Carolina Bays Parkway will connect Hwy 707 to Hwy 31 in Horry County.  The county self-imposed a penny tax to fund the road project and has collected the funds needed to complete the project but the federal government has delayed permitting for years.  Since the Army Corps has now issued the necessary permit, construction can begin on the new parkway immediately- creating more than 100 jobs, increasing safety, and improving the flow of traffic.