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Brakes put on Beaufort construction until October

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Planned road work on several Beaufort streets will be on hold until October. According to the S.C. Department of Transportation, the contractor decided to pull out of the Beaufort area until the first week in October.

When crews return, work will begin on Charles and North streets.  Bay and Lafayette paving has been completed and the only remaining work on those streets is final dress up and permanent pavement markings, according to Christopher Smith, the Beaufort-Jasper construction manager for SCDOT.

Most of the road work consists of the milling the existing asphalt pavement, full-depth pavement repair, repaving with new asphalt, and striping of crosswalks, stop bars and parking stalls to include handicapped parking.

"We are sharing the information provided to us by the State Department of Transportation," said Scott Dadson, Beaufort City Manager. "We only learned of this schedule change this morning from them. The good news is that downtown's Bay Street was paved with a very quick turnaround, so maybe that's the silver lining to all these schedule changes."

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Downtown Beaufort is getting a bit of a facelift.

Starting today, Bay Street will be under construction as crews pave the popular roadway.

The temporary closure is due to a scheduled road re pavement -- and while the construction continues, Bay Street businesses remain open.

The project will run round the clock and is expected to be completed by Friday. But until the project is finished, shoppers will lose a major point of access to the various stores and restaurants. The impact of this roadwork on the bottom line was a big concern for some.

"We wanted to make sure it was after the Labor Day weekend. The merchants look forward to that weekend all year long, so we wanted to make sure we timed it just right," said Blakely Williams with the Chamber of Commerce.

"Well, I'm sure people, I'm sure its hindered them a little bit, but folks are definitely making do. They're finding a place to park, and they are crossing the street, and they are really coming out for us, so we certainly appreciate everybody who came out, came out to shop downtown and see us, its been great," said Chip Dinkins, manager Plums restaurant.

Dinkins says their numbers today are pretty much on par with last year's and he hopes folks will keep coming out throughout the construction.

This isn't the end for the folks of Beaufort, after work finishes on Bay street, crews will then work on Lafayette street next week and North and Charles streets later this month.

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