Bay Street to be closed for at least three days at the end of August

emoody@beaufortgazette.comAugust 13, 2013 


  • In other business, council:

  • Approved updated rules for city-owned parks, including bans on grilling, dropping cigarette butts on the ground and having pet leashes longer than six feet.

  • Met in a closed-door session to discuss personnel, contractual issues involving land transfers and receive legal advice regarding the transfer of Inlet Road to Publix Supermarkets.

  • Approved annexation and rezoning of 13 Inlet Road and the Inlet Road right-of-way for the new Publix development. A second and final vote is expected later this month.

  • Denied a request by Main Street Beaufort, USA, to end paid parking an hour early during the Third Thursdays shopping events.

  • Discussed purchasing additional electronic parking meters, which accept credit cards, to replace the city's aging fleet of coin-only meters.

  • Discussed purchases for the Beaufort History Museum and improvements and changes representatives intend to make.

  • Approved requests related to a baptism at the Beaufort Downtown Marina boat ramp by The Baptist Church of Beaufort and for events including the Shrimp Festival, Downtown Plate Crawl and Artist Bazaar.

  • Approved updated rules for outdoor display of merchandise.

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 PROJECTS

Other street closures also are planned later this month and in September.

  • From Monday through Aug. 23, closures will include Charles Street between Boundary and Bay streets, and North Street between East and Adventure streets.

  • From Sept. 4-20, closures include Lafayette Street between Audusta Street and the point where Lafayette turns south.

  • Waddell Road between Battery Creek and Talbird roads, and Battery Creek Road between Allison and Mossy Oaks roads will also be closed during that period.

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