Traffic changes coming to Wrightsville Beach

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Submitted: Fri, 09/13/2013 - 3:04am
Updated: Fri, 09/13/2013 - 3:11am

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — After treading water for years Wrightsville Beach Aldermen are moving toward a solution for traffic backup the draw bridge creates.

In an effort to speed up traffic and construction the Board of Aldermen agreed to a move that might bog down some boaters.

The Aldermen unanimously voted to pass a resolution to ask the Coast Guard to open the draw bridge to boat traffic on the hour instead of every thirty minutes.

They hope that they will keep traffic flowing more efficiently on and off the island while also giving construction workers more time to work on the ongoing bridge renovations.

“During the summer we had an opening on the hour for recreational vessels and then commercial vessels would follow right after so it really jammed up traffic,” said town manager Tim Owens. “One of the ideas that came up was let’s ask the coast guard to during the construction process to amend their opening schedule and it looks like they’re open to it.”

The resolution will now go to the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Coast Guard for approval.

If approved those changes would run until bridge construction is finished in March.

Those weren’t the only traffic changes discussed at the Thursday meeting.

Aldermen talked about a proposed speed limit decrease from 45 to 35 mph over the bridge and on Salisbury Street.

They also asked the NCDOT to investigate potential ways to improve traffic on Airlie Road and Wrightsville Avenue.

Aldermen will take up both those proposed changes at a public meeting in October.

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7 Comments on "Traffic changes coming to Wrightsville Beach"

2015 years 8 months ago

Well duuuuh?

2015 years 8 months ago

the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge was opened every hour! I’ve never understood why the WB bridge needs to open if there aren’t any boats coming/going.

2015 years 8 months ago

The WB bridge opens on demand for commercial vessels. It has scheduled openings for recreational vessels every hour on the hour, but ONLY if there are recreational vessels calling for access, and only then if equipment such as antennas and outriggers are retracted and clearance is still required. Otherwise, it is not opened by the bridge tenders.

Another thing. There is just a weeeee bit more traffic going over the CF bridge in comparison to the WB bridge. Not really much of a comparison there….

2015 years 8 months ago

Lowering the speed limit will only cause worse traffic, because then most people will speed. The few that drive 35 will cause traffic to slow and back up. During the summer this already happens on a daily basis but during the winter there is no problem.

Aren’t they building a pedestrian bridge anyway?

Frustrated Bridge User
2015 years 8 months ago

Am I the only one who wonders why the bridge project isn’t being done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? OK, give me the “pat answer” that it is unions but that’s just unacceptable. Run three shifts of 8 hours each with no overtime or double pay, etc. Hearing that the project is already behind schedule and the work just began is absolutely mind blowing. Here we go again fellow beach goers.

2015 years 8 months ago

Put PORTA RICA(aka Floyd Price ) in charge of all the operations . If he can crash land a helicopter safely in the marsh across from Channel Walk he can dang sure fix a simple WB traffic problem! That’s all I got to say about that. ~ Forest Gump on East Greensboro Street

Guest Reply Redux
2015 years 8 months ago

Put parking meters on the Wrightsville Beach side…so when you have to wait a while for the boats to go through…you have to deposit $1 into a central parking meter machine (like downtown Wilmington) and you won’t lose any money from people parking their cars in W.B. (FOR FREE)!!!
That will be 5 Bucks for the idea! (and don’t think it hasn’t been discussed either)

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