Important Updates

Staff is currently working through logistics with Waste Industries regarding the company’s taking over trash and recycling collection for the Town of Beaufort. In an effort to ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible, it has been decided to wait until April before transferring that service completely to Waste Industries. A firm date will be announced in mid-March. In the meantime, Public Works will continue to collect household waste on Mondays, recycling on Tuesdays and yard and bulk items on Wednesdays. We will continue to seek public input in the coming weeks. Please email any concerns, questions or suggestions to Public Information Officer Jennifer Allen at

Talk Trash” with a representative from Waste Industries will be held 4-6 p.m. Feb. 22, 4-6 p.m. March 8 and 4-6 p.m. March 22 in the Train Depot, 614 Broad St. Citizens are encouraged to come and ask any questions they have about the new trash collection process. If you can't make these informal meetings, you can check out this film made in Hillsborough that shows how easy the carts are to handle and where to place properly for pick up.

Ricks Avenue is closed to through traffic until further notice due to a failed 36" culvert, which has caused a sink hole in the roadway. Crews are currently being scheduled for repairs. Updates will be provided as they become available. Contact Town Hall at 252-728-2141 for more details.


With the weather warming up, lots of folks will be walking or biking.

The Beaufort Police Department wants to remind motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists to take proper safety precautions.


Bicycle Safety

The bicycle has been legally considered a vehicle in North Carolina since 1937. Thus bicyclists have full rights and responsibilities on the roadway and are subject to the regulations governing the operation of a motor vehicle, where applicable. The bicyclist has a right to ride on any state maintained road, except roads of the Interstate Highway system and other fully-controlled access highways.

While a bicyclist should ride as far to the right as practicable, a bicyclist may ride well out into the traffic lane if he or she can maintain the same speed as other vehicles on the roadway or if the right-hand edge of the roadway is in poor condition or is littered with debris. A bicyclist is not required to ride on the shoulder, since the shoulder is not legally defined as part of the roadway. A bicyclist may choose to make a left turn from the appropriate lane, like a vehicle, or may dismount and walk the bicycle across the intersection, like a pedestrian. 

State traffic laws require the rider of a bicycle to:

  • Ride on the right, in the same direction as other moving traffic;
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals, including stop and yield signs and one-way directional signs;
  • Use signals to communicate intended movements;
  • Yield to pedestrians and emergency vehicles;
  • Equip the bicycle with a front lamp visible from 300 feet and a rear reflector or lamp, which is visible from a distance of 200 feet at night;
  • Bicyclists should ride predictably and courteously to keep traffic moving safely and to avoid accidents.

 Pedestrian Safety

  • Pick places where there are sidewalks or paths separated from traffic. If there are no sidewalks or paths, walk as far from the vehicles as possible on the side of the street facing traffic.
  • Limit the number of street crossings and avoid crossing busy or high-speed streets.
  • Look for traffic at every driveway and intersection. Be aware of drivers in parked cars that may be getting ready to move.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Always try to cross the street at an intersection or crosswalk.
  • Cross the street safely:
  • Stop at the curb or edge of the street;
  • Look left, right, left and behind you and in front of you for traffic;
  • Wait until no traffic is coming and begin crossing;
  • Keep looking for traffic until you have finished crossing; and
  • Walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Make eye contact with drivers of vehicles to be sure they see you.
  • Wear bright-colored clothes and carry a flashlight or wear reflective gear if it is dark or hard to see.

 More information about bicycle safety can be found here and, regarding pedestrian safety, here.