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Hilton Head council no longer supporting proposed flyover bridge

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

Hilton Head Island Town Council voted six to one to no longer support of the Beaufort County flyover bridge project that will connect Hwy 278 to Bluffton Pkwy.

Members of Beaufort County Council said the two bridges are supposed to ease traffic for islanders and tourists traveling on Hwy 278 but members of the town council say it just doesn't make sense, and it will be an eyesore.

"The bottom line is, the flyover just looks ugly," John McCann, Hilton Head Councilman, said. "It doesn't represent what Hilton Head looks like. There's an old saying that no matter where you go in the country, when you come home and you've crossed that bridge you know you're coming home. To take away that view, that feeling, is a big mistake."

The flyovers will cost about $45 million. Some of the money is coming from state and federal aid, and the rest is coming from the penny transportation tax that voters approved in 2006.

McCan said no one on county council has justified the need for the two bridges. They will still create a problem for drivers, he said, because the two lanes of Bluffton Pkwy and the two lanes of Hwy 278 still have to merge into the two lanes of the existing bridge.

"When you only present one option and that option is unacceptable, then the answer is no. They should go back now and try to come up with other options," he said.

Folks in the community had mixed reactions.

"They will help reduce some of the traffic congestion and stuff in front of some of the area business along the road," said Walter Naretta, owner of 278 ABC store.

Polly McLellan disagreed with him.

"I think the idea of the flyover is not good because it's just going to cause more congestion at the bridge with everybody trying to come over," she said.

County council will meet Thursday and Friday to discuss the project, and they'll be voting on it next Monday. 

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