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Main Street work a minor inconvenience

New Palmetto Trees in Downtown are part of the Arborscape Project.

The work on East Washington Street has proved to be a minor inconvenience for some of our residents.

Parking is at a premium, and if you want a spot within walking distance of the business in which you either work in or get to for some errand or another, you better get there early.

But things are starting to come together, and the puzzle is starting to take shape. If one takes the time to look around a little while either walking along or driving down Main Street, beautiful palm trees with root systems that tend to not buckle sidewalks can be seen along the side of the road.

Intricate, hand-laid brickwork at the street’s entrance and at designated crosswalks are also beginning to take shape. Portions of the new sidewalks have been poured and inlaid with the trademark shells that our downtown area is known for.

Between the sidewalk and the curbing facing Washington Street where the new sidewalk has been constructed, further brickwork will be laid. This will further enhance the downtown area’s appearance.

We’ve seen the blueprints or drawings depicting what the downtown area will look like at the project’s completion, and we are impressed. Although the revitalization will cost the taxpayers within city limits money, we feel that this money will be well spent and the end result will be well worth the expenditure.

But don’t take our word for it. Readers can see a copy of what the finished downtown area will look like after construction has been completed. Just go to our website thecolletonian.com to see it.

We also urge Walterboro residents to visit and shop in the Downtown businesses while construction is underway. Some of these proprietors and employees of these businesses have noticed a downturn in foot traffic as the project has progresses and the appearance of East Washington Street has changed.

These businesses are open and ready for residents to come into the downtown area once again. Parking is now available on most of Washington St., including a portion in the Colleton County Courthouse area which was once closed to parking. We urge county citizens to revisit our shops downtown and see our merchants. It will be akin to seeing a good friend after a while apart.