Traffic signal work under way in Beaufort

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - Construction crews will install a new traffic signal mast at Bay and Carteret streets in downtown Beaufort next week.

The effort is part of the city aim to beautify the area, according to the city of Beaufort.

"This is one of the key intersections in Beaufort," City Manager Scott Dadson said in a statement. "We have talked about removing some of the visual clutter, starting with the traffic signals that just kind of hang there along with the power lines and phone lines. Now we are doing it. In the springtime, we'll be adding new streetlamps as well."

Traffic delays should be minimal, and the only increased noise should come from a diesel truck running during the project, said Isiah Smalls, public works director for the City of Beaufort, in a statement.

Other work at the Bay and Carteret intersection includes boring a conduit parallel to Carteret from Bay Street to the Woods Memorial Bridge, under Cannon Park parallel to Bay and then a short ways down New Street, according to the city. Then the conduit becomes aerial on existing poles.

The $150,000 project cost is being shared by the S.C. Department of Transportation, the city of Beaufort and Beaufort County.

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