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News Release

Work on Yacht Cove Drive Roadway Lighting Project Set to Start Tuesday, August 11

Release Date: August 7, 2020

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618

Light will soon be shining on the intersection of Yacht Cove Drive and William Hilton Parkway (Bus.) as a result of a pilot project that Town of Hilton Head Island officials say will enhance the safety of the area.

J. Moore Electrical, the contractor hired for by the Town of Hilton Head Island, will begin the groundwork to install overhead street lights at the intersection on Tuesday, August 11, and has 60 days to complete the project.

"“The lights are being installed at this location as a pilot project born out of discussions regarding safety enhancements on Island pathways and at crosswalks," said Scott Liggett, the Town's Director of Public Projects & Facilities and its Chief Engineer. This is also near the location where Charli J. Bobinchuck, an 11-year-old Hilton Head Islander who was known for her love of animals and her fascination for the Island’s wildlife and environment, lost her life more than two years ago.

Plans for the project were approved in October, 2019, but construction was delayed due to the protracted acquisitions of easements to install the lights.

"This project has been in the works for quite a while. Our staff extensively researched the project, designed the light fixtures, made modifications to the designs and secured easements to install the lights, which took some time to finalize," Liggett said.

The $105,000 project includes the installation of seven poles that will support nine overhead light fixtures. Both the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the Town's Design Review Board approved the design. The initial work involves drilling for underground conduits for electrical wiring. This will be followed by setting the new light poles and fixtures.

Once the pilot project is complete, Town staff will seek public feedback on the aesthetics and effectiveness of the lights.

The work should not impact US 278 traffic flow, but motorists are urged to please use caution when travelling through the work zone. For more information, contact Jeff Buckalew, Town Engineer, at jeffb@hiltonheadislandsc.gov or 843-341-4772.