News briefs for September 22nd-28th

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Public invited to corridor meeting

Beaufort County and the city of Beaufort are hosting a public information meeting on a corridor plan being developed for Lady’s Island. The roadway corridors being studied include Sea Island Parkway, Sam’s Point Road and Lady’s Island Drive. The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the goals and objectives of the study and to allow the public an opportunity to share their input on how these roadway corridors can be improved. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Lady’s Island Middle School Lecture Theater, 30 Cougar Drive, Beaufort. For more information, call 843-525-7012.

Treasurer receives government award

The South Carolina Republican Party recently awarded Maria Walls, Beaufort County treasurer, the Local Government Official Award. This award is to honor a public official holding a local, partisan office, for outstanding service to their local community and positive representation of the Republican Party in local government. Visit www.BeaufortCountyTreasurer.com.

Parris Island, other areas may be sprayed

In an effort to keep the sand fleas and mosquitoes at bay, aerial spraying at Parris Island will take place from Tuesday, Oct. 4, to Thursday, Oct. 6. Spraying will occur approximately one hour before to two hours after sundown, if weather permits. The insecticides used present no threat to humans, plants or animals in the area and are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency; however, beekeepers within a 5-mile radius are urged to keep hives covered.

Additionally, Beaufort County Mosquito Control may conduct aerial training, surveillance, and/or spray missions that may include the application of EPA-registered public health insecticides during daylight hours through Friday, Sept. 23.

Beaufort County Mosquito Control uses low-flying aircraft and its aerial spraying is dependent upon ideal weather. It does treat the salt marsh habitats for adult mosquitoes during these aerial operations. For additional information, call 843-255-5800.

Boundary Street shifts lanes starting Sept. 26 

Crews will begin the process of shifting traffic lanes to the south side of Boundary Street heading into downtown Beaufort starting Monday, Sept. 26. Four lanes of traffic will remain open.

The shift will create an additional work area for crews to continue the process of building an underground duct bank to carry power and communications cabling that currently hangs from poles. The duct bank on the southern side of Boundary Street is complete and cables are being installed in the underground conduit. Drivers are urged to use extra caution during the week’s lane shifts. Left turns will continue to be restricted to controlled intersections along the 1.2 miles of the Boundary Street Improvement Project.

Work to prepare for the lane shifts is scheduled to start Monday, Sept. 26 – weather permitting – and is expected to continue most of the week. By shifting the traffic lanes, construction can continue on Boundary Street with all four lanes open – two inbound to Beaufort and the Sea Islands and two outbound toward U.S. 17 and Interstate 95.

Construction along Boundary Street started in January. In early August, the new intersection of Boundary and Robert Smalls Parkway opened, though work continues in that area. A new road, First Street, is also under construction beside Chick fil-A.

The project runs from Neil Road to Greenlawn Drive and will be completed in phases, starting at the realigned intersection at Robert Smalls Parkway.  When completed, Boundary Street will remain a four-lane road but will feature improved intersections.