Crossing Ribaut is an informational group of Port Royal residents and visitors who have ever tried to cross Ribaut Rd - on foot, by bike, or by car.
As Port Royal has grown, the amount of traffic and the pace of the traffic has increased to a level that Ribaut Rd is now a barrier in the center of a community, a highway in the midst of our town. In the area from Mossy Oaks Road to the Marine Corps (Parris Island) Bridge multiple apartment buildings and single family homes have mushroomed on the North side of Ribaut, while most of the stores are on the South side. Crossing for food, parks, or to get to the stores, the post office, the school, or the beach is increasingly hazardous.
The pedestrian lights at the four corners of Paris Ave/Ribaut Rd, Ribaut Rd/Lady's Island Parkway, and Ribaut Rd/Mossy Oaks Dr are unsafe.
The pedestrian flashing light that urges walkers to cross now -- before your allotted seconds are over -- is contradicted by a green left turn light urging cars on. Pedestrians must then cross in the path of the cars. Also, cars often turn right on red without giving way to pedestrians.
As development continues this dangerous situation will only become worse.
We, the undersigned, ask the Town of Port Royal officials, working with Beaufort County officials, the SC Department of Transportation, South Carolina officials, and community members to make and execute a plan that will turn Ribaut Road from a dangerous highway into a main street for the entire town of Port Royal.
We want a street that ties the town together and offers safety to cars, bikes, and walkers. These changes may include, but are not limited to, more official crossings with islands for safety, a lower speed limit, and signs posted stating the rights of pedestrians.
We ask for a beginning of a community transformation that makes Port Royal a town for all of us.