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Hilton Head Island Toll Bridge


Hilton Head Island Toll Bridge


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BH Photo #472720



The Hilton Head Island Toll Bridge, although of a modern construction, is significant both at the state and the local level as an example of a dropping number of privately-maintained toll bridges nationwide, and as one of only two toll roads in South Carolina (the other being the publicly-owned Southern Connector around Greenville).

Despite being a privately-maintained structure, the Hilton Head Island Toll Bridge and adjoining Cross Island Parkway are still subject to SCDOT oversight although no maintenance is performed at the state level and all funding is through tolls and donations. Because the facility is subject to state oversight, the state's electronic toll collection system "PalmettoPass", used for the Southern Connector, is accepted at Hilton Head Island.

Bridge tolls were indefinitely suspended in 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been some discussion about the bridge becoming a toll-free structure and being fully transferred to SCDOT maintenance in 2021 or 2022, but these considerations have not been finalized.


Steel stringer bridge over Broad Channel on Cross Island Parkway (US Route 278 Toll)
Hilton Head Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina
Open to traffic
Built 1994
Concrete-encased steel stringer
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 3,528.1 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 67.9 ft.
Also called
Coligny Beach Toll Bridge
Broad Channel Toll Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.17846, -80.76868   (decimal degrees)
32°10'42" N, 80°46'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/521807/3560240 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
SC 0000000009889 (South Carolina bridge number)
BH 89406 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 87.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 25, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel


  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com