Remaining Beaufort paving postponed

info@islandpacket.comSeptember 10, 2013 

The schedule for street paving in the city of Beaufort has changed. Again.

Instead of continuing with construction that began last week, APAC Inc. is postponing remaining work until October, according to the city.

APAC has a contract with the S.C. Department of Transportation to mill, pave, patch and paint six roads throughout the city. Work on Bay and Lafayette streets is completed, and Charles and North streets and Waddell and Battery Creek roads will be fixed when construction resumes the first week of October, according to the city.

DOT spokesman James Law said the construction company pulled equipment out of the area to do work on another contract.

On Aug. 13, the city announced the paving schedule provided by the DOT. Residents and downtown merchants quickly became alarmed about Bay Street being closed, planned from Aug. 26 to 30. Work on other streets was to follow.

On Aug. 16, city manager Scott Dadson said he'd been notified that construction would be delayed. Three days later, a new schedule surfaced with paving starting Sept. 3, after Labor Day. The number of days Bay Street would need to be closed fluctuated.

APAC expedited work on Bay and Lafayette streets, finishing days ahead of schedule. Construction was expected to begin on Charles Street this week. Dadson said the city was informed Tuesday of the delay.

"We are sharing the information provided to us by the state Department of Transportation," he said in the release. "We only learned of this schedule change this morning from them. The good news is that downtown's Bay Street was paved with a very quick turnaround, so maybe that's the silver lining to all these schedule changes."

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