SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — For years, Surf City residents have been fighting for safer roads in their neighborhood. Now, they have taken matters into their own hands, and they are charging thru-traffic to use their road.
Residents in the Cedar Landing community have been working with Pender County and Surf City officials to get some enforcement over stop signs and speed limits.
Residents say they have used monitors to count thousands of cars that pass through weekly, but only 70 people live in the neighborhood.
They are now charging drivers five dollars to pass through Cedar Avenue. Not all people are happy, but most of them support the cause.
“We’ve had people give us tips. $50 tips. That kind of thing to support the cause. That’s why we’re here today. Trying to keep this thing going so we can maintain it and keep it safe for the kids,” said Jeff Conerly, who is on the current board that oversees the road.
Conerly says officials are working to get the NC DOT to take over their road, but the DOT cannot take on another road right now.
The money they collect goes to their current board who maintains the road.