Beaufort's Bay Street will be closed to traffic for at least three days at the end of the month for paving and restriping work.
City officials expect the public response to the news to be anything but positive.
"I'm thinking real quick there's going to be a few people who are not going to be happy," Councilman Mike Sutton said when the closing was announced during a city council work session Tuesday night.
The S.C. Department of Transportation gave the city a paving schedule Monday that necessitates an around-the-clock closure of Bay from Aug. 26-30, Public Works director Isiah Smalls said Tuesday night.
While that time span covers five full days, city officials expect the work to be completed in three to four, Smalls said.
The work is being paid for with federal funding, and the city has little control over the schedule, he said.
City officials asked about delaying the work or whether it could be done at night, Smalls said. Both of those options would have cost the city money, he said, though he did not provide a specific amount.
A delay also would affect other road projects planned for late September, he said.
Although the work will be done be only during the day, cars will not be allowed on Bay at night because they might be left there and hold up crews who will begin work at 7:30 a.m., he said.
"We want to try to expedite this and lessen the impact as much as possible," Smalls said. "We figured the best thing to do will be to keep (cars) off the streets."
The city is working on alternative parking, traffic patterns and other concerns with Lundy Baker of Lanier Parking Solutions, which is contracted to handle city parking. Baker said maps and information will be available to the public soon.
City manager Scott Dadson said information will be published on the city's website,www.cityofbeaufort.org, when it is available.
At the end of the discussion, Sutton looked at his wife, Nan, who was among the few audience members and who owns Lulu Burgess, a clothing and gift store downtown.
She did not look pleased..
"Time to take a vacation, honey," he quipped.
Other street closures also are planned later this month and in September.
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