Courtenay will be closed

Construction signs line Bee Street at Courtenay Drive in Charleston on Wednesday.

Wade Spees

Courtenay Drive will be closed off Saturday and Sunday as crews perform utility work as part of ongoing Bee Street and Courtenay improvements.

Between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, northbound traffic headed from Calhoun Street to U.S. Highway 17 will be diverted to President Street. Southbound cars will be shifted on to Bee Street.

The county announced these detours for this past weekend, but the work had to be postponed and rescheduled for this weekend.

Meanwhile, more road work will occur along Courtenay, from Cannon Street to Ralph H. Johnson Drive.

Any temporary lane closures will occur overnight between 8 p.m. and 9 a.m., on different weekday and weekend schedules, though the main entrance to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center may be blocked at times. Its traffic will be detoured to the entrance on Bravo Street.

Bee Street's lane closures between Cherry Street and Lockwood Boulevard began in late June, with no on-street parking possible. That work could be finished -- and the street could reopen -- next week.

The sidewalk in front of the Medical University of South Carolina's Wellness Center and Harper Student Center from Bee Street to Ralph Johnson Drive also is closed, as is the main entrance to MUSC's parking garage there.

County Public Information Officer Jennie Flynn said the county is trying to schedule lane closures during nighttime and weekend hours whenever possible.

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