Bridge Closure in Beaufort Changes School Traffic Pattern; Carpooling Encouraged

The following is a release from the Beaufort County school district:

Due to the closure of the J.E. McTeer Bridge, the Beaufort County Emergency Management Division and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office have advised Beaufort County Schools of changes to the traffic pattern at Beaufort High School, effective Tuesday, May 1.

County school officials are also encouraging parents in the district's Beaufort cluster of schools to consider the use of neighborhood carpooling when driving their children to and from school to lessen the area's traffic impact during the bridge's closure.

Starting Tuesday morning, all traffic to Beaufort High coming from Lady's Island, St. Helena Island and beyond will be required to use Lady's Island Drive (Route 802), either straight from Sams Point Road or turning from Sea Island Parkway. Traffic will proceed on Lady's Island Drive (Route 802), turn right onto Rue de Bois (at Butler Marine), and proceed past the school's athletic fields to the school.

All traffic to Beaufort High coming from the City of Beaufort will turn right onto Meridian Road and then left on to Youmans Road, proceeding to athletic fields and turning into the school.

At afternoon dismissal, the same traffic patterns will be required to exit the school. 

The main entrance to Beaufort High School on Sea Island Parkway (Route 21) will be blocked to all traffic in both the morning and afternoon.  All traffic to the school in the morning and from the school in the afternoon will be required to use the above alternate traffic patterns.

This change has been instituted to improve the heavy flow of traffic on Sea Island Parkway (Route 21) during morning and afternoon commuting times.

These traffic patterns will stay in effect until further notice from the Beaufort County Emergency Management Division or the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.