All will be relieved when U.S. 278 construction is completed shortly. That is unless you are one of the 5,000 church parishioners who attend St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church or a parent of a child attending its elementary school.
This is because two weeks ago, the crossover on U.S. 278 at the entrance of the school and the church was closed. As a result, all traffic to the church and school must now make a U-turn on U.S. 278 when they go to the facility or when they leave the facility.
Can you imagine the safety issue going east on U.S. 278 past the closed crossover when you make a U-turn into three lanes of traffic traveling at 50-plus mph? This is insane. Accidents will be unavoidable, and the individuals who signed off on this project will ultimately be held accountable.
Over a year ago, the crossover to the Island West community was to be closed, affecting approximately 400 residents. The community objected and as a result, a new exit road from the community was approved.
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Now the church and school need the same fair and equitable treatment for its 5,000 parishioners attending 19 Masses per week and for the children who attend elementary school five days per week.
Possibly Beaufort County Administrator Gary Kubic can help us get an explanation as to why this design flaw was not addressed during the planning phase of the project. This safety hazard needs to be corrected now before someone is seriously hurt.