Beaufort, Hilton Head road closures expected this weekend


BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) – If you’re traveling in the Beaufort or Hilton Head Island areas this weekend, be sure to take note of some possible traffic impacts.

The Hilton Head Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K start at 8 a.m. Saturday. According to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), the exit ramp for Highway 278/Gumtree Road will be closed during the races.

With this closure, drivers can expect minor delays on Palmetto Bay Road and the Cross Island Parkway westbound and in the area of Pembroke Drive. 

Woods Memorial Bridge will be closed to vehicular and maritime traffic from 7 to 11 a.m. due to the 5K run. BCSO says law enforcement personnel will be stopping and rerouting traffic in the area.

The sheriff’s office encourages motorists to use the McTeer Bridge as an alternate route.

Also on Saturday, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., the Hilton Head Island Oyster Festival will take place at the Lowcountry Celebration Park. Heavy foot and vehicle traffic is expected during the event on Pope Avenue, Coligny Circle and South Forest Beach Drive.

Between 5 and 7 p.m., the Hilton Head Island Lanter Parade is happening at the Alder Lane Beach Access and Coligny Beach. BCSO says this may impact traffic on South Forest Beach Drive and the Coligny Beach area.

Sunday afternoon, a celebration walk is happening from Saint Peter’s Catholic Church on Lady’s Island to Historic Saint Peter’s Church in downtown Beaufort.

BCSO says brief closures can be expected on Meridian Road on Lady’s Island and West and Duke streets in Beaufort.

Drivers are urged to use caution while traveling in these areas.

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