The South Carolina Department of Transportation has revised its plan for a major repaving project in Beaufort.
That roadwork will now take place after Labor Day.
Based on the updated plan, Bay Street – the key retail road in downtown that borders Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park – will be milled, paved and re-striped starting Sept. 3 and continuing the rest of that week, depending on weather and other variables.
The resurfacing and paving project had been planned to start this week but was postponed until the groups could meet Monday morning to discuss scheduling and logistics.
The state DOT's work includes milling, resurfacing and restriping all or parts of Charles Street, North Street, Bay Street, Lafayette Street, Waddell Road and Battery Creek Road.
Later in September through October, new traffic signal mast arms will be installed at Charles Street intersections downtown.
Weather permitting, the paving work is scheduled as follows:
During each phase or work, all or parts of the roads may be closed to vehicle traffic, said Isiah Smalls, director of public works and facilities management for the City of Beaufort.
"We want this work to be as safely as possible, as smoothly as possible and done as efficiently as possible," he said. "There will be inconveniences, but this is essential maintenance the state needs to do on state-owned roads.
"Throughout the project, there will be some inconveniences during the various stages of construction but pedestrian access to your homes and businesses we be available daily," Smalls said. "We request that you don't park on streets scheduled for paving to avoid having your vehicle towed."
Several Beaufort roads will be closed over the next several weeks while the South Carolina Department of Transportation works to repave them.
The milling, resurfacing and re-striping likely will require a three-to-five day closure of Bay Street the last week of August, officials said.@
Following the resurfacing, street work will also include installation of new overhead traffic signal masts arms on the Charles Street corridor at the intersection of Bay, Craven, and Boundary Streets.
These installations however, will require only temporary road closures to position materials and equipment.
"This is an aggressive schedule covering a lot of areas, so we'll be coordinating our crews with the SCDOT's contractor and Beaufort Police," said Isiah Smalls, director of public services and facilities management for Beaufort.
City of Beaufort officials say they are working with local businesses and city departments to try to make it a smooth project.
They're discussing alternate days or locations for deliveries, etc. and alternate parking options so customers can still access Bay Street merchants.@
"We are mindful of the concerns being shared about this paving schedule and we are forwarding them to the state DOT. We are trying to make the best of this work by the state on state-controlled roads," Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson said Wednesday. "We need to be aware as the state starts this project that most local schools re-open on Monday, so there'll be added traffic on all our roads," he said.
City officials will allow a variance to Beaufort's noise ordinance so that work may begin as early as 7:30 a.m., Dadson said.
August 19-23: Mill, resurface, and re-stripe Charles Street (from Boundary Street to Bay Street) and North Street (East Street to Adventure Street)
August 26-30: Mill, resurface, and re-stripe Bay Street (from New Street to Hamar Street)
September 4-20: Mill, resurface, re-stripe Lafayette Street (Audusta Street to the westernmost end of Lafayette Street before turning south); Waddell Road (Battery Creek Road to Talbird Road); Battery Creek Road (Allison Road to Mossy Oaks Road).
The roads need to be resurfaced and paved prior to installation of the new traffic mast arms in the Charles Street corridor downtown.
That project is expected to take about eight weeks and is set to start mid- to late September, Smalls said.
"The paving of the street needs to occur first to avoid cutting the new loop detectors and other traffic control devices that will be installed as part of the traffic mast arms installations," he said.
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