Tybee Island: Barricades will be placed during events

    “French barricades” are steel grates, looking very much like a bike rack. (City of Tybee Island)

    Last year, the Tybee Island City Council unanimously agreed to support the establishment of a set of special safety protocols for high volume events.

    These protocols were hammered out by a concerned group of citizens, city council members and city staff with guidance from the United States Dept. of Justice. This was a process our city voluntarily initiated.

    New traffic control measures that will assist with traffic flow will be put into place on March 16, April 20 and 27, and July 4.

    Two type of barricades will be place throughout the island.

    These dates were selected because the traffic flow onto and off the island showed distinctive patterns that correlated with increased demand on city services and increased frequency of drivers under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

    Highway 80 and Butler Avenue will be reduced to one lane of travel in each direction with a reserved lane for emergency access.

    Barricades will be used to control access to the parking areas at the south end and to keep traffic out of our residential districts. Once the parking areas are full, traffic will be directed back northward on Butler.

    Because the barricades will restrict access from Butler Avenue to residential areas, the Tybee Island Police Dept. will work with residents and those who have rented homes who may need to get around the barricaded areas.

    Additionally, police will be monitoring vehicles as they traverse Highway 80 on these days and evenings to insure no one is driving under the influence.

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