Though the intersection was known for T-bone accidents, some fatal, the solution to limit how drivers can get to Shetland Lane from U.S. 17 has local businesses and residents beyond frustrated.
“Well I can't get in and I can't get out,” Roosevelt Bellamy said.
“If this is such a dangerous intersection, why are we putting up concrete walls?” Debbie Sklener asked.
Sklener works at Joe’s Diner by the Airport and said many wish they were heard before the decision was made final.
“We have 1,150 signatures, and that's a lot of people that think it would have been a whole lot easier to just put a light up there,” Sklener explained.
“We’re also afraid that our tourists that we wait for and open our doors to won't be able to find us. They'll just keep going, and that, I'm very scared of,” Sklener said.
Though safety is important to everyone around Shetland Lane, many weren’t expecting a permanent concrete closure.
“That’s not what we thought we would get at all. We thought we'd get a light, like the mall, with an arrow,” Sklener added.
“It is a topic numerous times a day," said Sklener. "They're still talking about it, they're still bothered by it, they're still complaining about it, and we just thank them for coming in and ask them to do so again.”