Why have a lawsuit if everyone agrees?

newsroom@islandpacket.comMay 30, 2014 

I attended the recent public meeting at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church concerning a frontage road that will hopefully, provide a safer traffic situation on U.S. 278 around the church's complex.

I think it is fair to say that everyone present considered the current egress (excuse the bad pun) an accident waiting to happen. The audience included church clergy and parishioners, those who drive past the location regularly, county officials as well as Berkeley Hall management and residents.

To summarize, this is what I heard. Everyone agreed the current situation is unsafe. The developer of Berkeley Hall agreed to a frontage road as a condition to begin the planned unit development. The county is ready on a moment's notice to build an already-funded frontage road. The traffic light at Buckwalter Parkway and U.S. 278 is already in place. The county has developed and presented an architectural plan for the intersection to Berkeley Hall.

If the frontage road will make things safer for everyone traveling U.S. 278, the church parishioners and Berkeley Hall residents, I have a question. Why has Berkeley Hall management kept this issue in litigation for more than six years?

Carl Webster

Bluffton

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