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Downtown construction ushers in spring in Beaufort

Jamie and Saing Como, of Savannah, walk along Bay Street near Carteret Street in February, as work was getting underway.
Jamie and Saing Como, of Savannah, walk along Bay Street near Carteret Street in February, as work was getting underway. Theophil Syslo

As warm weather and the spring tourist season draw closer, workers are chiseling away at city of Beaufort road and sidewalk projects, which are causing downtown detours.

S.C. Department of Transportation paving -- originally expected to wrap up last fall -- nears completion. Patching, paving and striping of Charles Street ended Thursday, and North Street paving continued Friday between Carteret and Bladen streets.

North Street is the last street on DOT's project list for Beaufort this fiscal year, which ends June 30. The next schedule of work is expected to be announced later in 2014, according to the city Public Works Department.

Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority repaired a depression Friday on Ribaut Road, likely caused by the utility, according to the Public Works department. That work caused temporary lane closures.

Installation of traffic-signal mast arms and downtown street lights will continue for the next several weeks.

Traffic signal work on Charles Street will be concentrated at its intersections with Bay and Craven streets and will cause temporary closings of side streets, according to a city news release. Crews also will bore beneath pavement to install electrical wiring.

Installation of new street lights continues to progress west along the south side of Bay Street. Once crews get to Charles Street, they will cross Bay and head back east to Carteret Street.

Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

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