In the week after a new median was built at the Bluffton Road entrance of the Kittie’s Corner shopping center in Greater Bluffton, three vehicle wrecks were reported, confirming the worries of nearby business owners.
The new median replaced a shorter one that allowed traffic coming from Target and Food Lion and going toward Bluffton Road to turn left into an outparcel where Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta, AAA Carolinas, Palm Beach Tan, Panda Chinese Restaurant and La Hacienda are located.
Drivers are now blocked from making this turn.
The median also prohibits drivers coming from the direction of Giuseppi’s and the other businesses from making a lefthand exit out of the shopping center.
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It is not clear when the median was built or by whom, but Tony Arcuri, owner of Giuseppi’s, said he noticed the median July 29.
Arcuri posted videos to Giuseppi’s Facebook page on Aug. 1 of drivers going up the wrong side of the road and making dangerous U-turns to maneuver around the median.
“I was only out there for 15 minutes (taking video),” Arcuri said. “It’s ridiculous.”
There have been three confirmed car wrecks in that area since Aug. 1, according to Capt. Bob Bromage of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.
The area has seen a lot of change since construction has started for a Walmart Superstore and Sam’s Club across the street.
A traffic light is expected to be built at the intersection of Kittie’s Crossing, Bluffton Road and the entrance of the Walmart, but it’s uncertain whether this median was built in anticipation for the light.
The outparcel of Kittie’s Crossing is owned by Stafford Properties. Previous attempts to reach a representative from Stafford Properties have been unsuccessful.