Traffic plan in place to provide a safe zone in Southport

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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY)–The City of Southport put a plan in motion over the weekend, making a new traffic pattern that brought together pedestrians and vehicles on one of the years busiest weekends.

The traffic pattern plan was in the vicinity of the Old Yacht Basin, where Bay Street was separated into individual lanes for vehicles and those on foot.

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The lane separation began at Caswell Street and ended at Moore Street. The city says the goal is to provide a safe zone for both drivers and walkers as things begin to slowly return to normal.

“We’ve had some concerns about the amount of pedestrian traffic down here before,”says Southport Police Chief Todd Coring. “We wanted to look at everyone as far as the safety aspects and the motoring and the pedestrian traffic. So, we had this idea and wanted to try to put it out this weekend.”

The city says it is exploring options to make the traffic pattern permanent.