City leaders meet with contractors to discuss downtown gas line break

newsroom@islandpacket.comApril 2, 2014 

Workers with Classic City Utility work to fix a gas leak at the intersection of Bay and Charles Streets on Monday afternoon in Beaufort. Boaters at the Downtown Marina have been without gas since Friday when their gasline was hit while workers were drilling to install the mast arms for the new traffic lights at the corner of the two streets.

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After a mishap last week led to a punctured gas line, Beaufort leaders met Tuesday with contractors responsible for the city's downtown traffic-signal mast arm project to discuss their practices.

Workers boring underground Friday as part of the project damaged the line near the intersection of Charles and Bay streets, causing a service outage.

During Tuesday's meeting, the contractors discussed ways to avoid a similar incident.

"Everyone agreed that better utility markings and improved, constant communications were necessary," a news release from the city said.

The mast arm project is progressing at Charles and Bay streets and at Charles and Boundary streets, according to the release. Electrical conduits and foundations for new lighting are being installed at Bay and Charles as part of the project.

Work is expected to begin on the Beaufort River mooring field project Friday, the release said. That project is paid for largely using a federal grant.

Streetlight update

All of the new streetlights on the south side of Bay Street in downtown Beaufort should be powered up by the weekend, according to a city news release.

The new lights are expected to provide enough light to the north side of Bay Street for safe travel, the release said. Those driving in other areas without streetlights are advised to exercise care, however.

The streetlight improvement project will continue along the north side of Bay Street and then throughout much of downtown Beaufort's side streets in coming weeks.

Streetlight updates:

  • North side of Bay Street: Cutting for concrete removal has begun so that new light poles can be installed.
  • Light poles likely to be powered down on Thursday for the north side of Bay Street.
  • Parking meters have been reinstalled on 75 percent of the south side of Bay Street.
  • All parking will be opened back up for the weekend.
  • Only minor work on the irrigation system, additional tree planting and cleanup remain for the south side of Bay Street.

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