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Carolina Beach town officials discuss traffic problems

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- The summer rush at Carolina Beach is well over, but traffic is still an issue for most residents.

Last Easter weekend, the town made a transition from four lanes to two lanes in their Central Business District and now most residents want it changed back.

The new traffic plan that was implemented is what officials call a "Road Diet." The whole point of the project was to have better circulation through the main thoroughfare but many say it's done the complete opposite.

The new "Road Diet" on Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach was supposed to improve circulation, slow down traffic and get people to come through the Central Business District, but residents say it's nothing but a pain.

Leroy Franks lives in Carolina Beach and is upset.

"You just can't through the traffic won't move," said Franks. "If you get over five cars in a lane it stops. The traffic stops dead."

Not only is it a nuisance for residents, but restaurants say they're losing customers. Town councilmen and officials admit the "Road Diet" is a problem.

"We have a problem," said Carolina Beach Councilman Lonnie Lashley. "We need to fix it. I don't know what the solution is that's why we are here and that's the reason we are asking for your input."

A number of resident's voiced their opinions Tuesday night saying the road must change.

"Most of the time city council can get out of things and people forget it, but this is the item that nobody forgets about because if you get in your car and you have to go up Lake Park Boulevard you're going to get caught in it and you're going to get angry again," said Franks.

The "Road Diet" was done at no cost to Carolina Beach because the North Carolina Department of Transportation footed the bill. If the town decides to change it again they will end up paying for it.

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