Temporary weekend closures on North Main will help Lafayette Diamond construction

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Motorists will follow a detour as temporary road closures come to North Main Street in Sumter next weekend.

Road closures will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, and last until 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19. Closures will resume the following weekend from 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, to 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 26, according to Jason Stoddard, a project manager with the Sumter City-County Planning Department. The closures are necessary to accommodate for continuing construction on the Lafayette Diamond.

The construction is a leftover project from Sumter County's 2008 voter-approved Capital Penny Sales Tax - the Penny for Progress - and will change the traffic flow of one of Sumter's busiest intersections, taking the burden off the intersection by flowing traffic around it.

The $6 million project should be complete sometime next spring or summer.

During the closures in August, North Main Street will be closed from North Lafayette Drive at West Moore Street and East Moore Street to North Pike West and Strange Street. The intersection of North Main Street and Poulas Street will be closed, as will the intersections of South Pike East and South Pike West at North Main Street.

Traffic traveling along U.S. 378 will not be affected by any of these closures.

Traffic will be directed to detour along East Calhoun Street to U.S. 401, then on to S.C. 81 (Brewington Road) and back to North Main Street.

Motorists should avoid this section of North Main Street if possible during the temporary closures. Signage will be in place to show the detour route.