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Carolina Beach town manager says 'road diet' reversal on track for Memorial Day weekend

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- The reversal of a hotly contested road project in Carolina Beach looks like it will finally be coming to an end.

Fattening Lake Park Blvd on Pleasure Island is on track to be completed by one of the busiest weekends of the season.

Since it was implemented a few years ago the “road diet” has caused public outcry about traffic and parking problems. In 2010 the "diet" reduced the four lane road to two lanes with a center turn lane and bike paths along with diagonal parking.

Town manager Tim Owens says the reversal should be completed by Memorial Day weekend.

“The way I understand it is DOT bid out basically milling and re-surfacing and going back to a four-lane structure on Lake Park Blvd,” Owens said. “At this point it's on budget and hopefully on time frame.”

The road diet was originally part of a plan to give downtown Carolina Beach more of a "main street" feel.

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Bridge

Yea, but I have not seen it reported that DOT is going to start work on snow's cut bridge. They are going to reduce it down to two lanes for a period of time.

What a difference an election can make

- The crazy road diet debacle is finally coming to an end. What a disaster. A classic example of a town/city council being too stubborn to listen to its taxpayers protestations.
- Since the last election, the new council is also beginning to re-structure the debt incurred with all of the pie-in-the-sky real estate purchases that were made for a mythical, if we build it they will come, aquarium project.
- Among other reductions in spending, the cost of the town's legal services is now being reduced. Something the old council adamantly refused to do.
- And because they're no longer spending town money like a drunken sailor on shore leave, they've decided not to squeeze the last possible drop of revenue out of the Freeman Park passes by raising those rates yet once again. Sooner or later, the old council would have killed off that golden goose as well.

If those kind of positive changes can occur in a small town like Carolina Beach, just imagine the kind of positive changes that could occur in a larger town if the voters finally woke up and smelled the possibilities. Like, for instance, a larger town a couple of miles up the river.

Progress

Nothing like taking a bad situation and making it worse and then calling it progress. Who would have thought that by removing 50% of available traffic lanes would cause a backup? Only in government do the incompetent not only survive, but they thrive and get bonuses.

Road "Diet"

ANYONE involved in that idiotic decision should be voted OUT of office!!!

Duhhh...they WERE, remember?

Wake up! Current events are regularly displayed on this website, others and the local newspaper. Have you been behind like this all of your life?

It sounded like a bad idea

It sounded like a bad idea when it was first discussed. The public told their elected officials that they didn't want it. They went ahead and did it anyway. And now we pay to 'fix' it when we can least afford to waste the money.

AFTER ABOUT 3 BLOCKS, YOU

AFTER ABOUT 3 BLOCKS, YOU STILL HAVE TO MERGE INTO ONE LANE TO GO SOUTH AROUND THE LAKE, AND YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR PEOPLE MAKING A LEFT TURN OR PASS IN THE RT TURN LANE, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS AGAINST THE LAW TO PASS ON THE RT.