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Pleasure Island businesses have mix views of bridge work impact

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- After weeks of delays, a long-term work project on the Snow's Cut Bridge has begun. One lane in each direction will be closed for about four months But with the holidays right around the corner, businesses on Pleasure Island have mixed feelings about the timing of the project.

Business at Jeanne's Jewels and Fashions in Carolina Beach has been good. Owner Jeanne McBane says closing two of the four lanes on the Snow's Cut Bridge until spring will not hurt sales.

"I think this is probably the best time of year to do it," she said.

McBane has already started decorating for Christmas. She does not think a little extra traffic getting to Pleasure Island will stop shoppers.

"They understand that there's going to be lines and they have to wait," McBane said. "It's not going to be as quick to come and go anywhere you want to go."

But down the street at Island Chic Consignment Boutique, owner Kim Foust disagrees.

"For a business owner, this is probably the worst time to do it, because that's when our months are slower, so we definitely need as much business as we can coming over the bridge," Foust said.

Foust says this time of year is important to show shoppers there is still plenty to do on the island, even in the off-season.

"We're have a Pleasure Island shopping spree that's coming up, and it's going to be Thanksgiving weekend, so I hope that this doesn't affect that, because a lot of people do travel on holiday weekends to come to the beach," Foust said.

Carolina Beach Town Councilman Bob Lewis says the project is expected to be completed by Easter weekend.

The bridge will be resurfaced using a new technique called hydro-demolition. During the process, the deteriorated concrete on the deck will be removed and replaced with high-strength concrete.

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I AGREE WITH ALL OF THE

I AGREE WITH ALL OF THE ABOVE. HOW CAN IT BE BOTH THE WORST TIME AT THE SLOWEST TIME OF THE BUSINESS YEAR? I GO TO CB AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK, AND THERES PLENTY OF WARNING LONG BEFORE YOU GET THERE. THERE IS A LANE SWITCH, BUT IF YOU PAY ATTENTION, GO THE SPEED LIMIT OR EVEN A LITTLE LESS, YOU SHOULD BE FINE. ACTUALLY, I,M GUILTY OF LOOKING TO THE LEFT AT THE OCEAN AND TO THE RIGHT TO THE RIVER AS I GO OVER THE BRIDGE, ITS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT, BUT I ALSO SLOW DOWN THEN TO

Cb bridge

Come on folks! If people want to go to CB, they aren't going to mind a little delay. Geez, these guys have to work on it sometime. And for God's sake, please slow down and pay attention when crossing. It's the law anyway, so don't be in a hurry and trying to look at the ocean while crossing!

Maybe I missed something

Kim from Chic Consignment says this is the worst time because business is slower at this time of year. Unless she's actually just surviving from month to month, isn't this the best time because she'll end up losing a total of less business now compared to losing more total customers during the busy season?

It's not the bridge work

It's not the bridge work that's the problem - it's all the drivers who are scared of the traffic cones that's a problem. The sudden slamming on the brakes and creeping along at 15 mph is a bit ridiculous. People, you can see the cones LONG before you actually get to them!