Bluffton Flyover work zone safety: motorists urged to be patient as project lasts


The construction project to relieve some rush hour woes from Bluffton to Hilton Head Island is taking a bit longer than expected.  The 45-million-dollar Bluffton Flyover will not be completed until Spring 2016. The project began in May 2013, and was supposed be finished by November 2015. With the delay, motorists are urged to be cautious in the work zone.

“Unfortunately with a project with this magnitude, when you’re talking about drilling 90-foot holes into marsh, there are a lot of things that can come up to delay a project,” Beaufort County spokesperson Joy Nelson says.

Pillars are posted, now workers pour cement on the bridges. The overpass is said to provide about a third of traffic with an alternate route where traffic can become gridlocked in rush hour.

However, the delay in construction means drivers will have to be patient, says sheriff’s office spokesperson Capt. Bob Bromage.

“It’s extremely dangerous to speed in a work zone. the fines are increased, ’cause there’s an obvious danger to the safety of the workers,” Bromage says.

Since the project’s start, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office reports issuing 78 speeding in a work zone citations. They have responded to 91 accidents with injuries.

“Citations are routinely written for people that speed on a regular basis but especially for people that speed in the work zones,” he says.

Lane closures are set for next week, on the eastbound lanes next week on Tuesday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Law enforcement will keep an eye on things. They encourage people to stay away from the area if they can help it.

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