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      Proposal would again look at tolls on I-73

      It appears the state Transportation Commission will again study whether to use tolls to pay for building Interstate 73 through northeastern South Carolina.
      MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- It appears the state Transportation Commission will again study whether to use tolls to pay for building Interstate 73 through northeastern South Carolina.

      Transportation Commissioner Mike Wooten represents the state's 7th Congressional District where the interstate is planned and says he will ask for a study next month. The Department of Transportation staff is preparing a request for proposals for the study expected to cost as much as $200,000.

      A smaller, less extensive study of using tolls was done some years back.

      Brad Dean of the Myrtle Beach area chamber of commerce says the interstate would help the tourism industry and says all sources of funding should be examined.

      The interstate would connect the Grand Strand with Michigan. The South Carolina portion is expected to cost almost $2.5 billion.

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