To the Editor:

How impressed I was with Gwyneth Saunders’ article “U.S. 278 Project Team Faces Disgruntled Residents” that appeared in the Aug. 3 issue of the Bluffton Sun!

Saunders not only encapsulated key topics involved with the bridge dilemma but also captured vital opinions and points stated by the gathering’s attendees. This article was especially interesting to those of us not in attendance, as it offered a chance to view key issues from opposing points of view.

For instance, regarding installation of a light on Hwy. 278 at Windmill Harbor – what seems to be the dire need for it for community residents’ safety, yet the possible dangers it raises and how it could affect the stream of traffic zipping across the bridge eastbound. With a halt at the light, would that traffic not continue to back up on the bridge?

Particularly impressive were Patsy Brison’s views, her use of key words such as “aesthetics,” “disrespect” and “increased safety.” I found of particular interest a key question raised about why the SCDOT used a 2010 traffic model when “it’s been proven obsolete in just seven years.”

Bluffton is exploding, which I’ve seen in my seven years here. The overbuilding, resultant traffic nightmares and accidents beg for serious thought as to when a halt should be imposed on future developments until issues involving our infrastructure (on the island and in Bluffton) are resolved. Emphasis should be on both communities’ quality of life.

Resolve the issue of the existing unsafe bridge, no question. But to what extent? Impeding upon quality of life is a serious factor. So many will be affected by any drastic change in our one entry to the island – including Bluffton residents. So many of us shop, play, work, dine, and have medical appointments on the Island.

There are those in Bluffton who have opted to stop going to the island simply because of the traffic and parking inconveniences already existing.

Our interest in the bridge dilemma should be intense, and articles such as Gwyneth’s go a long way in keeping that interest at its peak.   

Barbara Costa