Motorists on the western end of Bluffton Parkway should prepare to soon start applying the brakes for a new traffic light that is going up at the road’s increasingly busy intersection with Hampton Parkway.
Contractors for Southeastern Developers, the company developing a new 300-unit apartment complex at Hampton Lake are installing the traffic light at Bluffton Parkway and Hampton Lakes Drive.
Once complete, the county will inspect the signal and will then accept it into the county signal system, said Beaufort County traffic engineer Colin Kinton. The County will then own and maintain the signal.
If everything stays on schedule, it could could be fully operational in a week, he said.
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“Part of the overall plan for Bluffton Parkway was that it would be a future signalized intersection,” he said. Its installation was prompted by recent traffic impact studies done for the town of Bluffton that show a need for the light caused by increased growth in Hampton Lake and other nearby developments.
Once activated, informational signs will be go up and the light put in a flashing mode for a minimum of three days to give motorists a chance to become accustomed to it. It could be operational by the middle of next week, Kinton said.
The signal should create a safer intersection and make it easier for Bluffton Parkway drivers taking their children to school at nearby River Ridge Academy to turn onto Hampton Parkway to access Raider Drive, the school’s back entrance road, he said.
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