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Better Beach Traffic

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Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP) -

After several years of delays, two major road projects to ease traffic congestion along South Carolina's Grand Strand are moving forward.
    
Political leaders and state and local officials gathered Wednesday to break ground on the extension of the Carolina Bays Parkway and the widening of state Highway 707.
    
The almost four-mile extension from the south end of the Carolina Bays, or state Highway 31, will cost as much as $237 million. The state Infrastructure Bank is providing $225 million of that. The highway is a limited access expressway that runs along the coast parallel to busy U.S. 17.
    
The other project is widening of more than 9 miles of state Highway 707.
    
Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand are the heart of South Carolina's $16.5 billion tourism industry.
 

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