Beaufort crews begin hanging holiday lights downtown

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Crews from Beaufort’s Public Works Department began hanging downtown holiday lights last Thursday with the goal of completing the project by late November.

Two crews will start on Bay Street, then move to Carteret Street and the interior streets of the downtown core commercial district, said Isiah Smalls, director of public works and facilities management.

“We always take pride in how Beaufort looks, and hanging the holiday lights puts a little extra sparkle in our town for November and December,” Smalls said.

Once Port Republic, Scotts and West streets are decorated, city crews will move down Carteret and Charles streets to Boundary Street.

“We don’t anticipate any impact on daily road traffic, but people will see minor interruptions to parking as we use a few parking spots for our trucks and crews to install the lights,” Smalls said. “We’ll use traffic cones to mark off the spaces and then move them along as we work.

“This is an annual event and a tradition for Beaufort as we welcome the holiday season, and we hope people will excuse the minor inconveniences as we install the holiday lights,” Smalls said.