Beaufort County now has all the state permits it needs to construct a frontage road along U.S. 278 near St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in greater Bluffton.
The permit from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control says the construction will not hinder wetlands or impact water runoff in the area. However, the road is still tied up in litigation with neighboring Berkeley Hall. Construction cannot begin until that lawsuit is resolved.
The road would connect St. Gregory the Great to the traffic light at Buckwalter Parkway at the Berkeley Hall entrance and the stoplight at the Bluffton Township Fire District.
However, Berkeley Hall property owners have said that would make the entrance to the community less safe, Berkeley Hall general manager Adrian Morris has said. The community has also previously appealed a similar wetlands permit.
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Reached Friday, Morris said the community's property owners association will meet soon to discuss the permit and ongoing negotiations with the county.
The frontage road as designed is the only feasible, long-term solution for traffic safety around the church and school entrance, county administrator Gary Kubic said.
"We'll take this one step at a time, but at least we're step closer now to getting this resolved," Kubic said.
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