The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is proposing to make improvements to the US 278 corridor between Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, from Moss Creek Drive to Spanish Wells Road. The purpose of this project is to address structural deficiencies at the existing eastbound MacKay Creek bridge, to increase capacity, and reduce congestion along US 278 from Moss Creek Drive to Spanish Wells Road.

The eastbound Mackay Creek Bridge will be replaced; it was originally built in 1956 and is scheduled for replacement. Additional studies for potential improvements include:

  • Modifications to the remaining three bridges;

  • Improved access to Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge; and

  • Improved access to the C.C. Haigh, Jr. boat ramp.

Community involvement and communication will be a primary focus of the project to ensure successful development of the environmental process. Additionally, SCDOT will be working hand-in-hand with the Federal Highway Administration and Beaufort County. The project is to be funded using federal, state, and local funds.


A public information meeting will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2019, from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island (151 Gumtree Rd, Hilton Head Island). This meeting will be conducted in an “open house” format, and there will be no formal presentation.

The purpose of the meeting is to:

  • Provide an opportunity to discuss the proposed US 278 Corridor Improvements project individually with representatives of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT);

  • Provide an update to the community on the project;

  • Share with the the public the proposed roadway improvements (reasonable alternatives); and

  • Gather input from the public or any interested organization.

We value your input and would like to hear from you. Please use the comment form to submit your message about the project. While we accept comments throughout the project development process, the formal comment period for this public meeting is September 4 - October 18, 2019.


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