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New deadline for comments on Hilton Head bridge project. How to tell SCDOT what you think

The public will have one week longer to provide feedback about the biggest construction project on Hilton Head Island in recent memory.

Town of Hilton Head Island officials announced Wednesday that the S.C. Department of Transportation will formally accept feedback on the U.S. 278 corridor project until Oct. 25.

Comments may be submitted online at the SCDOT website.

In September, SCDOT announced six potential arrangements for the U.S. 278 corridor, which runs from Moss Creek Drive on the mainland to the entrance to the Cross Island Parkway. The alternatives include everything from adding an underpass on Pinckney Island to building two new bridges.

SCDOT project managers will take public comments about how the alternatives would impact wildlife, historic neighborhoods and combat noise into account as they decide the preferred plan for the corridor, which will be announced in fall 2020.

The public comment deadline has been extended because of an upcoming informational meeting, according to project manager Craig Winn.

Town officials from Hilton Head will hold a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Hilton Head Island Public Library (11 Beach City Road) to present the six plans.

There will be no new information at the Oct. 17 meeting, but officials from SCDOT will be at the session to explain the project and receive written comments, according to a news release from the town.

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The study area for the U.S. 278 Corridor project by the S.C. Department of Transportation. The study area was extended to Spanish Wells Road on Hilton Head Island from Squire Pope Road earlier this year. S.C. Department of Transportation

To date, Winn said the team had received more than 100 comments on the corridor project. He said that was “a lot more” than normal feedback, which typically ranges from 10 to 100 comments.

He said he expects to get between 150 and 200 comments on the Hilton Head project.

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