US 278 Corridor Improvements
The bridge to Hilton Head Island on US 278 is nearing the end of its life expectancy. In 2018, the Road and Transportation Builders Association included the bridge on its list of South Carolina’s 25 most structurally deficient bridges. Within the next several years, the bridge will need to be replaced.
In September 2019, SCDOT unveiled their preferred project alternatives – six alternative routes.
Each route has its own set of environmental and community impacts, and SCDOT staff are reviewing comments that were received in late October on the possible routes. Considering this input, they plan to develop a preferred route over the next year with a public hearing planned for winter 2020.
We hope you will join us by advocating for a new bridge that avoids impacts to the multi-generational Gullah community in the Stoney neighborhood, accommodates future mass transit potential, provides a safe way onto the island for bike and pedestrian traffic, and integrates into the existing neighborhood on both sides of the river.
To get involved in the process and learn more, head to SCDOT’s project page.
Image source SCDOT Project Page