After the Beaufort County Council meeting March 26, there was a sense of relief for residents in the Hampton Parkway area near U.S. 278. The door to a deceleration lane might not yet be closed.
The state Department of Transportation agreed to conduct a count of vehicles turning there for two days and will report back.
Other issues must be factored into the decision.
With the road construction in the immediate area and the danger it causes, many residents are avoiding that turn and driving extra miles daily. It's an inconvenience, adds extra gas costs, but more importantly, will not give the department an accurate count of the number of people using that exit from U.S. 278.
Future growth of population and commercial development in the area must be considered.
Wouldn't it be more cost-effective to build the deceleration lane while doing the present construction? We need to plan wisely so the road is not torn up again in the future.
Sometimes, the numbers don't tell the whole story and the council members and people at the meeting realize that the safety of all our residents is a central need. Perhaps that alone is the best reason for maintaining the deceleration lane.
Carol E. Morse