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South Carolina DOT repaving several Beaufort roads

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BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

On Monday, students start their first day of school in Beaufort County.

It also happens to be the same day the South Carolina Department of Transportation will start paving several roads in Beaufort.

The South Carolina Dept. of Transportation's street paving project is getting mixed reactions from business owners on Bay Street.

Bay Street is filled with shops that cater to tourists.

Darlene Kelly, owner of Simply Southern, is not happy her business will soon be interrupted by construction.

"July and August is very slow and then they're going to take away our business, which is usually a nice pickup that we would normally have around that Labor Day holiday," said Kelly.

The DOT will be milling, resurfacing and restriping several streets within the city of Beaufort until mid-September. Bay Street will be closed for the last week of August.

"Three to five days is a big deal. We didn't have any warning, we can't plan, we can't budget, there's nothing we can do to offset the financial aspect of it," said Kelly.

"It's not an ideal situation," said Mainstreet Beaufort Executive Director LaNelle Fabian.

Fabian said they will offer discounted parking and post signs to let people know that downtown businesses are still open.

"So we're going to be positive about it, make lemonade out of lemons and have fun with it," she said.

Lulu Borgess shopowner Nan Sutton is throwing a little humor at the problem.

"I'm going to get some hard hats for me and my girls, and we're going to put some hard hats on and do something funny and put a picture on Facebook and you know, just roll with it because that's what you have to do," said Sutton.

The marina parking lot will be open and accessible through Newscastle Street during the paving process.

On Aug. 16, business owners will meet with the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Beaufort to discuss their options.

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