Seeking to accommodate Water Festival traffic during the projected busiest periods, the City of Beaufort is modifying construction work on Boundary Street, with a small section of roadway restricted to one lane starting Saturday night, July 15, instead of Friday.
A small section of eastbound Boundary Street, from Applebee’s to the United Way building, will be restricted to one lane starting at 8 p.m. Saturday. The work is scheduled to start after the anticipated influx of people headed to the Beaufort Water Festival concert.
Sunday, a longer section of Beaufort-bound Boundary Street will be limited to one lane. Traffic headed west, out of Beaufort, won’t be impacted by the scheduled work. The inbound lane restriction is expected to end Monday morning.
The lane restriction is needed to allow construction crews to drive piles for a new section of boardwalk along the Battery Creek marsh at Boundary Street and for concrete curb work.
“We are trying to coordinate construction work to minimize the impact to the Water Festival. Because of this, Saturday work will not start until most people have come through Boundary treet for the nighttime concert,” said Neal Pugliese, director of public projects for the City of Beaufort. “We are at a critical point in the project and it is vital to maintain the momentum of the project.
“As always, we encourage people to be cautious and extra careful when driving through a work zone,” he said. “This is an extremely busy time of construction for this roadway improvement.”
Work originally had been scheduled to start Friday night until sunrise Saturday, then resume Sunday. The plan changed based on a continuous evaluation of progress, crew capability, availability.
The Boundary Street Project is a $32 million initiative that is just over one mile long, stretching from Neil Road to Sycamore Street at Beaufort City Hall. A major element of the project is removing overhead power and communications lines into an underground duct bank, reducing urban clutter while creating a safer environment for travel.
The project also includes realigning the Boundary Street intersection with Robert Smalls Parkway, which was largely completed last summer. Work will continue in that area for several months prior to final landscaping, paving and striping. The project is on schedule and on budget for completion in early 2018.
For more information about the project, visit www.boundarystreetupdate.com.
Source: City of Beaufort press release.