KIAWAH ISLAND — Anyone driving to the PGA Championship today will face possible road delays not seen during the rest of the week: Sunday church drivers.
Authorities are asking travelers to use extra patience and precautions today as they will be competing for road space with hundreds of locals going to their houses of worship along River and Bohicket roads and the Betsy Kerrison Parkway.
“Remain cognizant there will be church services going on,” said Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jim Woods. He estimated there are as many as six churches in the stretch of road that runs closer to the Kiawah entrance.
The churches are of all sizes and denominations, and some could have more than one service during the morning and then again later in the day.
Woods said traffic during the day Saturday moved mostly at a smooth pace, although travel times quoted by some Charleston drivers still ran as long as two hours or more.
He also expected the drive home after the tournament ends tonight to go smoothly since the traffic will not be competing with work-week travelers, as was the case Monday through Friday on Johns and James islands.