Construction closes, improves Bay Street

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Road crews worked 24 hours a day beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 3, to repair and repave downtown’s Bay Street to help minimize the disruption. Although the South Carolina

Bay Street was closed to traffic on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Photo by Captured Moments Photography.
Bay Street was closed to traffic on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Photo by Captured Moments Photography.

Department of Transportation’s schedule called for Bay Street’s paving to last four days, Beaufort city officials were hopeful it would be completed much quicker with the accelerated around-the-clock schedule.

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

Weather permitting, other paving work is scheduled for:
•  Bay Street: September 3 – 6
•  Lafayette Street: September 9 – 13
•  North Street and Charles Street: September 16 – 20
•  Battery Creek and Waddell Road: September 23-30.

Later in September or October, new traffic signal mast arms will be installed at Charles Street intersections downtown. As a reminder, city officials are advising residents, employees and visitors not to park on those roads under construction during the paving or risk having the vehicle towed.

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce worked with community partners to keep residents informed and get the word out that Downtown Beaufort and Bay Street was “open for business.”

The chamber and Main Street Beaufort held a “Paving Party” with free lemonade and cookies on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Clock Tower on Bay Street.