The city of Beaufort spent a lot of our tax dollars hiring some young folks from elsewhere to come down to Beaufort to show us how to make our city "livable, quaint and attractive for tourists to visit."
They did some good things, but changing Ribaut Road to two lanes and the idea to redevelop land by the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park that turned into a proposal for chic boutique hotels just didn't fly. Kiosk parking meters weren't a great idea either. The traffic signal mast arms on Bay Street are an improvement over all those black wires, but they just can't seem to stop with a good thing.
The intersection of Charles Street and Bay Street is a good example. It is a beautiful intersection overlooking the river and downtown Beaufort. This is the very heart of the city. The maximum speed limit going into that T-intersection is 25 mph. A traffic light there is a necessary thing. But those "big arms" don't have a traffic light on them, they have nine, count them nine, traffic lights (and five signs) hanging at various and sundry angles on them.
Do you think this just might be overkill for a 25-mph city street? Next time you come down Bay Street going into town, take a look at that abomination. Beaufort has taken a purse and made a sow's ear out of that intersection. Is this what we spent so much money for those experts to achieve?
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