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Bluffton Parkway Phase 5A Flyover project on schedule and under budget

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BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) -

If you've driven along Highway 278 towards Hilton Head Island, you may have noticed a lot of construction work happening on the right side for the Bluffton Parkway flyover.

The Phase 5A project started in 2013 and crews are almost halfway through, even though the majority of the work has been done underground.

Workers have about six drill shafts left to install.

Each one is about 90 to 100 feet long and almost 8.5 feet in diameter.

These drill shafts will hold what's called a 40 ton rebar cage inside and then a column and a hammerhead cap.

This is what the road will sit on top of, making it safe for drivers to use.

Most of the lane closures will continue to happen at night, between 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., along the eastbound and westbound lanes of 278.

There is one eastbound shoulder closure that started Tuesday between Buckingham Plantation Drive and the bridges.

The cost of the entire project is about $38 million and so far, the project manager says they're on schedule and under budget.

"Hopefully in the next two weeks, we're going to be shifting the lanes westbound into the marsh area, into that shoulder and on eastbound into the median as you're heading into the island and that'll give the contractor room so they can start working on the westbound and eastbound portion of the bridge," said project manager John Nguyen.

In a few weeks, the contractor will install traffic barriers so all of the work can happen safely during the day for crews and the public.

The Bluffton Phase 5A flyover project is scheduled to be finished by fall 2015.

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