Traffic Operations

Traffic & Transportation Engineering provides for the safe and efficient flow of motorized and non-motorized transportation through the use of signage (regulatory, warning and informational signs), pavement markings and traffic signal system operations.   In partnership with the City of Beaufort, Traffic & Transportation Engineering operates and maintains over 80 signals in Beaufort County (excluding Hilton Head Island).  Traffic & Transportation Engineering is also responsible for design and location of over 3,000 signs on County roadways and powers over 50 street lights on US 278 and Buckwalter Parkway

We conduct traffic studies, traffic counts, analyses and provide technical support for roadway projects funded through the Capital Improvement Program and the Road Impact Fee Program.

Citizens most commonly contact us to:

  • Report traffic operation problems
  • Report safety concerns
  • Report a street light outage on US 278 or Buckwalter Parkway
  • Find information on traffic counts

Information on Road Impact Fee's can be found in the Code of Ordinances Chapter 82

Road Impact Fee Schedule spreadsheet

Beaufort County and SCDOT collect traffic data annually on County and State roadways.

The City of Beaufort, Beaufort County and the Town of Hilton Head Island maintain signals for SCDOT

To report a signal malfunction, please contact us at (843) 255-2940

** Please note:  For signal malfunctions on Hilton Head Island, contact their Traffic Hotline at 843-715-8188, or by  email at

Hawk Traffic Signals