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Beaufort road project will help with storm runoff, beautify the Cedar Street corridor

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A project to overhaul and beautify Cedar Street in downtown Beaufort is underway this week and officials say it includes an innovative way to capture storm runoff.

A project to overhaul and beautify Cedar Street in downtown Beaufort is underway this week and officials say it includes an innovative way to capture storm runoff.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will construct bioretention bump-outs, which collect and filter storm runoff before the rainwater drains away.

The bump-outs will be concrete borders along the street and filled with landscaping that resemble planter boxes. There will be 14 of them.

The town of Beaufort will also use permeable pavement to rebuild the parking lanes along Cedar Street, which will also help reduce runoff and minimize pollutants from getting into the water.

The work is expected to be finished by this summer.

It will mean some lane closures and some brief road closures. The first such detour is scheduled to begin Jan. 17 at Cedar and Craven streets and last about two weeks.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.