Myrtle Beach, S.C.— Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) today called on residents of South Carolina’s Seventh District to voice their opinions on construction of the Interstate 73 project. The permit application to allow construction of I-73 was submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers in May and is currently in the public comment period.

“I-73 will bring the jobs and opportunity needed to make our district competitive. I’ve been very clear as to why I support this project but it’s time the Army Corps hears from others in South Carolina,” said Rice. “Everyone has the right to express their opinions on I-73 construction and time is of the essence with the comment deadline quickly approaching. I encourage all residents to make their voices heard.”

The comment period is open until August 3. Letters may be sent to the below address:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Charleston District, Columbia Field Office
1835 Assembly Street, Suite 865 B-1
Columbia, SC 29201
Attn: Stephen A. Brumagin, Project Manager
RE: P/N SAC-2008-01333 REVISED

Since he was elected to Congress, Congressman Rice has worked with SCDOT and other agencies to make the I-73 project shovel ready. Studies show that I-73 will generate approximately 22,000 permanent and 7,700 temporary jobs in South Carolina.