More Bluffton Neighbors Coming Forward Over Traffic Circle - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

More Bluffton Neighbors Coming Forward Over Traffic Circle

Posted: Updated:
BLUFFTON, S.C. -

A NEWS 3 follow up in the lowcountry, a dangerous traffic circle still top priority for some neighbors in Bluffton.

It's located at the intersection of Bluffton Road and Bluffton Parkway, and seeing a fender bender there is a fairly common sight.

"Its common to see people get into either near accidents or accidents, definitely on a monthly basis there are proven traffic accidents here," said Leah McCarthy, who's started a petition to change the circle.

NEWS 3 went looking for answers, getting accident numbers from the Department of Public Safety.  Since January of 2012, there have been more than 50 accidents here. And while no one's been killed yet, McCarthy doesn't want to wait til that happens for things to change.

"Why wait til something like that happens? I mean I agree that traffic circles are safer than intersections, I know that it reduces a lot of fatalities but there are a lot of other injuries, there are a lot of financial issues for people that are unnecessary."

McCarthy and her son were in an accident last month, prompting her to start an online petition. Last time we talked, she had more than 300 signatures...

"Our numbers have doubled, last I checked earlier today we are at 649 signatures and the best part of that is the comments. because people are really taking the time to share their stories, and to let the department of transportation know that its happening to them, its not just people taking a second to sign something, they really want their voices to be heard."

One of those signatures was Patricia Goodman who says she's nervous every time she drives through that intersection, but she doesn't just want it adjusted, she wants a total change.

"I don't think that circle can be safe period. and I think it needs to be another traffic light just like the rest of Bluffton Parkway has."

McCarthy says she's heard from other neighbors that are concerned as well and they all say something needs to change.

McCarthy says her next move will be to present her case before Beaufort County Council on November 18th to try and get some quick resolution on this situation.

TO SIGN THE PETITION:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/fix-the-bluffton-parkway

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Squatters Move Into Soldier's Home and Refuse to Leave

    Squatters Move Into Soldier's Home and Refuse to Leave

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:25 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:25:50 GMT
    Alleged SquatterAlleged Squatter
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house.
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house.
  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:42:32 GMT
    Thomas Allen WinstonThomas Allen Winston
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
  • MUGS: 36 Arrests In Greenville Prostitution Sting

    MUGS: 36 Arrests In Greenville Prostitution Sting

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 12:58 PM EST2014-02-26 17:58:17 GMT
    The Greenville County Sheriff's Office, along with 26 other agencies throughout 15 states, participated in the event during National Day of Johns Arrest.The Greenville County Sheriff's Office, along with 26 other agencies throughout 15 states, participated in the event during National Day of Johns Arrest.
    The Greenville County Sheriff's Office, along with 26 other agencies throughout 15 states, participated in the event during National Day of Johns Arrest.
    The Greenville County Sheriff's Office, along with 26 other agencies throughout 15 states, participated in the event during National Day of Johns Arrest.
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.