Pleasure Island businesses have mix views of bridge work impact


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.

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“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.