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our beautiful island is only twelve miles by five; to visitors
the island may at first seem a maze of roads, traffic circles
and residential enclaves to be negotiated. When getting around
by car, there are two primary ways to get from the north to the
south end of the island.
original roadway, at one time only a dirt path, is Highway 278,
also known as the William Hilton Parkway. Following Highway 278
northward will lead you to the mainland. Following it to the south
leads guests and residents alike to our famed Sea Pines traffic
circle. The circle routes traffic either to Sea Pines, Pope Avenue
or Palmetto Bay Road.
to alleviate traffic during our peak-season months, is the relatively
new Cross Island Parkway. The seven-mile long parkway opened in
February 1999, and during the popular months of spring and summer
it may well have 19,000 vehicles traverse its lanes per day. A
toll road, the Cross Island, costs $1 for a two-axle vehicle.
However, many residents and part-time islanders benefit by using
a 'Palmetto Pass,' a transponder detected by radar, which saves
50% on the toll cost. A pass can be obtained by visiting either
the Customer Service Center near the Charles E. Fraser Bridge
or at the exit to Marshland Road Monday through Friday from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, you may call 342-6718.
growth, Hilton Head remains a rare community. Its charm and natural
beauty are painstakingly preserved as high priorities. In keeping
with the veneration to nature, our man-made structures exist within
strict building codes to preserve the surroundings. Take note
that much of our signage is low to the ground, and even the most
familiar nationwide establishments are subdued and less commercialized.
When you do look up, you may see a blue heron take flight or the
high limbs of an ancient oak reaching into Carolina blue. On Hilton
Head Island, nature receives top billing . . . as it should.
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