As a major road project comes to a close in Beaufort, more work is expected to begin down the street and could affect traffic for a few months.
A $1.9-million S.C. Department of Transportation road-paving project is expected to begin within the next few weeks. The paving will cover U.S. 21 from Richard V. Woods Memorial Bridge to Greenlawn Drive, which includes Carteret Street and the eastern portion of Boundary Street to Beaufort Town Center.
SCDOT should finish by the end of May, said Neal Pugliese, the city’s director of public projects and facilities. The new asphalt will reach the edge of the Boundary Street work expected to finish next month but isn’t part of that project.
Expected traffic patterns and work times aren’t yet known.
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The city has asked DOT to work during times of lesser traffic along the stretch of road, Pugliese said, which could include day and night hours.
The stretch of road includes numerous businesses, neighborhoods and USC Beaufort. Cars heading to toward downtown on Carteret Street already experience backups when the swing bridge is open.
Crews should work block by block, with longer stretches moving more quickly and intersections needing more detail work and possibly requiring some detours.
Nearby residents are being notified of the upcoming work and orange road signs should go up soon, Pugliese said.
As part of the ongoing Boundary Street work, which runs from Neil Road to about Greenlawn, a final layer of pavement will cap the road in March.