Joseph Kernan, former ASPPPO/CSA member of the Town of Hilton Head Island’s Circle to Circle Committee,
wrote and sent the following letter regarding the Sea Pines Circle.
August 11, 2017
Dear Mayor and Council,
It has been over two years since the circle traffic was measured and the circle and surrounding intersections’ “levels of service” were found deficient. An interpretive look at the island bridges data shows that the circle traffic has since then increased about one hundred vehicles during the morning, mid-day and early evening. Many of my friends and neighbors have commented on the current situation. No doubt some of your friends have expressed the same to you. During this two-year-period no defined solutions have been proposed that solve this problem. Because the island geography does not permit adding parallel roads the only viable solution candidate is to upgrade our traffic control system to provide traffic flow control for our integrated road network.
Part of the problem is the fact that three levels of government own and maintain our roads. The state owns 84, the county owns 67and the town owns 33. Notwithstanding official coordination among the staffs supporting these governmental levels, it is obvious that there is insufficient planning and funding for our town road system. None of these staff groups have looked at the use of technology for traffic flow control nor has TIF funding been identified to attack the traffic problem near term.
For these reasons, I recommend that you personally research the use of technology to provide improved traffic flow. Our neighbors in Georgia and many other states and cities are already enjoying the increased safety, reduction in expense and increased traffic flow that technology can provide. It will take your understanding and political will to overcome organizational bureaucracy that has not included pursuit of technology to help solve our traffic problem. The attached briefing, and especially the Rhythm Engineering website, are a good starting point for your understanding of the traffic problem and available technology solutions.