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Traffic changes coming to Wrightsville Beach

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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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