New $120M interchange in Myrtle Beach opening

New $120M interchange in Myrtle Beach opening

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - It's going to be a little easier to get around South Carolina's Grand Strand.

Officials on Thursday are cutting the ribbon for the new interchange where busy U.S. 17 crosses S.C. Route 707 at what was one the back gate of the old Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.

The $120 million project has been years in the making.

This year's wet spring and summer it prevented the ground from settling and delaying paving of the approaches to the U.S. 17 bridge across the interchange.

Highway officials say the bridge will carry an estimated 70,000 vehicles a day during the summer season in Myrtle Beach. The Grand Strand is the heart of South Carolina's $18 billion tourism industry.

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