Bluffton Parkway Pedestrian Signal
Location: Bluffton, SC
Client: Beaufort County Engineering Department
- Concept Development
- Database Preperation
- Landscape Plans
- Permitting Assistance
- Preliminary Plans
- Right-of-Way Plans
- Traffic Signal Design
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.