Boaters: Nothing super about SCDOT "Superstreet" project

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Some dream days for boaters at the Limehouse Bridge boat landing on Johns Island, with many more trips planned. However, getting there could be difficult down the line.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has proposed a new design for the intersection at Savannah Highway and Main Road. The DOT says it's a dangerous one, with 359 crashes between 2003 and 2011.

The plan would not allow a left turn from either side of Main Road. Also, drivers would not be able to cross over Savannah Highway. Only right turns would be allowed, followed by a u-turn if you're trying to go to Johns Island or Kiawah.

"That's crazy," says avid boater Wayne Craven. "That is going to get people killed. You're going to go down pass that with a boat this size and you're going to try and turn around in the middle of the road."

"You're going to need way more road in order to make your turn, so I don't think that's a good idea," says boater Wayne Schmidt.

Some boaters say the changes may reduce car crashes, but they're concerned boat crashes will increase.

"If I need to get to Bees Ferry or 61, if I can't go through there and I have to turn right and then try to make a turn through traffic that already backs up over the Railroad Bridge, that's going to be extremely difficult," explains Sal Ursetti, another avid boater.

The DOT says it also considered widening the highway and Main Road or adding a traffic circle, but it says neither option was a safe one.

Some people say simply adding more traffic signs would help.

"Where Publix is, they cut that and they go over double lanes so they can go 17 north, so that's a big problem as well," says Johns Island resident Dana Sykes. "It's a problem intersection, but they don't have it marked correctly."

A public hearing was held on May 14th. The DOT says it will use that feedback to complete the proposal. Comments can be submitted until May 30th.

If the "Superstreet" project is given the green light, construction will begin next summer. The estimated cost is $3.5 million.