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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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