*!& % TYBEE TRAFFIC
Almost everybody loves going to the beach! Time spent by the ocean is relaxing yet invigorating, and many people plan all year for their beach vacations. Tybee is a quaint little island, with more than 3000 people living on three square miles. It is primarily zoned single-family residential, with a few areas for commercial enterprises and condo development. During ten or eleven months of the year, it is fairly quiet and traffic problems are few. As the weather heats up and kids get out of school, Tybee gets busier and busier, with hundreds of cars bringing thousands of visitors every day.
Take a few tips from the locals to maximize your enjoyment and minimize any hassles regarding traffic going to/from Tybee, and on the island itself.
- If you are staying on Tybee, leave your car parked and bike, walk, or cab around the island. Save your parking money and pay a cab driver instead. It only costs $3 per person to go anywhere on Tybee. If you have had a cocktail, it is especially important that you refrain from driving!
- Be sure to follow all traffic regulations on Tybee. Our police department will ticket you for violations, even if you are wearing your cutest bikini! It’s their job; they are not on vacation.
- Don’t make plans to leave Tybee on Friday afternoon, or all day Saturday or Sunday. Stay off the highway if you can! There will be thousands of “day trippers” coming to/from Tybee, so your best plan would be to go to sightseeing in Savannah on a weekday, instead of the weekend.
- Allow yourself enough time to get to your destination safely! If you are the driver, give that responsibility your full attention. Accidents happen, but many are preventable.
- Before traveling on U.S. Hwy 80 between Savannah and Tybee Island, check the fb pages for “Tybee Island Police Department,” “City of Tybee,” WTOC, and WSAV. They try their best to post info about traffic accidents. You can also install the WAZE app on your phone and check it before your trip.
- As you cross the bridges, please pay attention to the traffic. Other drivers might slow down dramatically, brake suddenly, and stop abruptly. So don’t tailgate and watch the cars all around you.
- On U.S. Hwy 80, there are several spots that can be problematic, especially between the Bull River Bridge and the Lazaretto Creek Bridge. There is a biking/walking trail and then Ft. Pulaski on the left and a boat ramp on the right. Watch for cars slowing down and stopping at the entrances to those attractions. Just after crossing the Lazaretto Creek Bridge onto Tybee, there are turn-offs to popular restaurants, Coco’s, Bubba Gumbo’s, and the Crab Shack, and other businesses. I repeat, “Slow down and watch for brake lights on other vehicles.”
- Highway 80 also has 2 lanes, then 3 lanes, then back to 2 lanes, so it is possible to pass slower vehicles in the 3-lane section, but it is NOT A RACE TRACK! You might be in a hurry, but an accident will definitely slow you down!
Many drivers also brake suddenly and/or swerve to avoid hitting any wildlife that might be on the highway. There are turtles, raccoons, opossums, birds, and other creatures in the area.
- If you do have a vehicular collision, take pictures, then move the vehicles off the road, so traffic can get past the accident. Call 911 and exchange info with the other drivers while you wait.
- The Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared” can be applied to all travel situations. Have a bag with something to eat, drink, and read, in case you are detained due to an accident (yours or someone else’s). Keep your phone charged up and a charger in the car.
If you get stopped in a line of traffic on Hwy 80, and you don’t see any oncoming traffic, it’s possible that an accident is blocking the lanes ahead. Consider turning around. Be careful and don’t cause another accident as you do so.
Have fun and enjoy your vacation or your day trip to Tybee. Be safe and take home lots of happy memories. Avoid tickets and accidents by being careful and watching out for the other guy!
WSAV Reporter Andrew James is near the scene of the accident on the Bull River Bridge…
Posted by WSAV News 3 On Your Side on Saturday, June 13, 2015