New turn signals coming to 3 US 278 intersections

zmurdock@beaufortgazette.comApril 25, 2014 

DREW MARTIN — Staff graphic

Beaufort County is replacing traffic lights at three U.S. 278 intersections in greater Bluffton to allow faster left turns, according to traffic engineers.

The new signals will include a flashing yellow arrow -- essentially, a yield sign for drivers turning left -- in addition to the typical solid green, yellow and red arrows, county traffic engineer Colin Kinton said.

The new lights will allow drivers to safely make left turns when the flashing yellow arrow is on and there is little or no oncoming traffic, Kinton said. That should improve traffic flow, he added.

The signals will be installed next month where U.S. 278 meets Buckwalter Parkway, Buck Island Road and Hampton Parkway, Kinton said.

The signals are paid for by the S.C. Department of Transportation, which started using the news signals last year to replace some older ones that no longer work, said Brian Holt, a DOT traffic engineer.

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