- Published on Friday, 20 April 2012 21:18
- Written by Super User
Photo from file: March 19, 2011: Traffic was backed up from Harper Avenue to Carl Winner on Lake Park Blvd. just before 2PM. Prior to the summer season the Town was working on interim measures to relieve congestion resulting from the Road Diet lane-reduction they implemented spring 2010. Last summer the Council voted to return the road to a four-lane pattern. The work will begin April 23.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach announced Monday April 16, that contractors for North Carolina Department of Transportation will begin milling, resurfacing and the restriping of North Lake Park Blvd. from Carl Winner Avenue to Fayetteville Avenue on April 23.
The work should be completed within 5 days of beginning the project. When completed, that section of Lake Park Blvd will be converted from its current 2-lane configuration back to a four-lane roadway.
The current Road Diet pattern was implemented a few years ago and reduced the four lane road to two lanes with a center turn lane and bike paths on either side of the road behind diagonal parking spaces. That pattern led to public outcry about traffic congestion sometimes backing up north to Snow's Cut Bridge and South to the neighboring Town of Kure Beach. Not just on busy holiday weekends or normally busy summer weekends, but also traffic backups during the normal weekdays. The Town Council voted unanimously to revert to the original traffic pattern on Lake Park Blvd with four lanes and angled parking at their August 23, 2011 meeting.
Earlier this year Town Manager Tim Owens explained to Council in a memo regarding their March 13, meeting, "Received an update on the resurfacing of Lake Park Blvd. The milling and resurfacing was bid and it appears on budget. The contractor is aware of the time-frame as to when the project needs to be completed. We stressed that the resurfacing needed to be completed as soon as possible but definitely prior to Memorial Day."
The Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest of the season.