by Nancy Hadley
If you live on the Eastern end of James Island, you probably drive on Harborview Road every day. If so you have probably noticed the changes at North Shore Drive. It is now ILLEGAL to turn left from North Shore Drive onto Harborview Road. It is also ILLEGAL to turn left onto North Shore from Harborview.
This should not be a surprise to anybody. It has been in the offing for years and was much discussed in newspapers, public meetings, charrettes, etc. This dangerous intersection was one of the major impetuses for the entire Harborview Road improvement project. And regardless of whether you personally think it is an improvement, you need to obey these new rules. Yes, YOU!
There seem to be many drivers who don’t think these rules apply to them. They get to the end of North Shore drive and go to absurd lengths to drive around the barriers so that they can turn left onto Harborview Road, risking not only their own lives but also the lives of others, including me.
I don’t appreciate this, and it scares the living daylights out of me. You are being arrogant and lazy and you are going to kill somebody. Please stop. Nobody should be in such a big hurry that they are willing to risk lives rather than take the detour which this new traffic pattern requires.
The culprits are not just James Island residents either. Residents report seeing mail trucks perform this illegal maneuver. And James Island PSD trucks. Fortunately it was not a garbage truck which might not even be able to make that turn.
If you observe this dangerous behavior, please report it! If you are indulging in this dangerous behavior, please stop! The person you kill may be your neighbor.
Nancy Hadley is a marine biologist with the SC Department of Natural Resources where she heads up the Shellfish Management Program.