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Bluffton Parkway Pedestrian Signal

Location: Bluffton, SC

Client: Beaufort County Engineering Department

Project Scope:

  • Concept Development
  • Database Preperation
  • Landscape Plans
  • Permitting Assistance
  • Preliminary Plans
  • Right-of-Way Plans
  • Traffic Signal Design

Project Description:

Thomas & Hutton was selected by Beaufort County to complete Phase II, III and IV of the Bluffton Parkway.

Bluffton Parkway is a 4-lane divided facility with a raised landscaped median. The roadway is a parallel route to US Hwy 278 in South Carolina for approximately 9.5 miles from SC 170 to Buckingham Plantation Drive. The facility crosses many north-south roadways at signalized intersections that accommodate pedestrians with a typical pedestrian phase at the signal. There are two crossings however that are different in that the roadway is free flowing unless a separate signal is activated by the pedestrian. The parkway has 8-foot wide pathways on both sides of the roadway for its entire length and these free flowing conditions needed to have a way for pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely with as little impact to traffic as possible. The crossing is a signal that is activated by a pedestrian pressing the crossing button. The signal engages and stops traffic with a red light at a designated stop bar along the roadway. The pedestrian can then safely cross and the traffic begins to flow again.