When I picked up my folded Island Packet on the driveway in the early morning light of Jan. 26, the heading "New bridge to ..." caught my eye.
I was eager to read how and when extra lanes were going to be added to get on and off Hilton Head Island. Then reality set in, the story was about the replacement for the U.S. 17 bridge to Savannah.
With orange barrels appearing on U.S. 278 as work gets under way to relieve the "bottleneck" it seems to me the real problem exists between Moss Creek and Squire Pope Road. The existing causeway would be hard pressed to withstand a major storm, forget a full-fledged hurricane. While those who commute daily at rush hour can attest to the time and gas wasted waiting in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
I realize that the local economy is not at this time in the position to support a major road-bridge project. However, at the very least, discussions, planning and proposals should be advanced for the day when we can make it happen. Remember how long it took to get the airport project under way? No one knows how many visitors fail to return to our great island due to the traffic and tollbooth issues. We should take steps now to solve the real bottleneck problem.
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