Beaufort County Council has delayed a final vote on the proposed Bluffton Parkway realignment favored by the town of Bluffton.
Council Chairman Paul Sommerville asked that the item be removed from the agenda until final issues surrounding the revised route are resolved. The move follows last week's conditional endorsement of the realignment by a County Council subcommittee.
"We sent them a letter saying, 'Here are the issues' ... and we are waiting for a response," he said, noting that the Bluffton Town Council likely hasn't formally met since the April 15 subcommittee meeting.
"It's just that, this is a one-vote item, so we don't want to vote on it until we are satisfied that the concerns we have have been resolved," said Sommerville.
It's not clear when the proposal will come before council again, although Sommerville expected it would be soon.
The two local governments are trying to decide where a realigned Bluffton Parkway should meet with Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton. County Council has already approved one version of the intersection, but Bluffton officials and landowner John Reed want the connection moved about 350 feet north to preserve development space. They argue the revised plan also would cost less.
The intersection is a relatively minor part of the estimated $20 million to $25 million parkway project, which calls for a straight 2.5-mile road to be built from Buck Island Road to Buckwalter Parkway, north of Pinecrest -- eliminating the so-called "dogleg" section of the Bluffton Parkway.
Although voters approved the project as part of the 2006 penny transportation sales tax, the county has no money to build it. It's not clear if or when funding will materialize.
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