Carolina Beach holding public hearing on changing traffic patterns on north end streets

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Carolina Beach Town Hall
Carolina Beach Town Hall. File photo.

A public hearing regarding proposed changes to the traffic pattern on the north end of Carolina Beach will be held Tuesday evening during the town council meeting.

Council will be reviewing and discussing three options for several side streets that run between Canal Drive and Carolina Beach Avenue North, the main two-way streets that run north and south between Myrtle Grove Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. The purpose of making these changes is to improve public safety and traffic flow on streets that are narrow and sometimes hard to navigate.

One option under consideration is keeping all the east-west streets two-way as they currently are and eliminating on-street parking. While this would mean better access for public safety officials and less encroachment issues, there are also other safety concerns.

Another option is to make the streets one-way with an alternating pattern, with Salt Marsh Avenue remaining a two-way street, and also eliminating on-street parking. While this would have the same benefits as the first option, with the addition of having wider lanes, it would mean a new traffic pattern for the community to get used to.

The third option is to adopt the one-way streets with an alternating pattern but keep metered parking spaces on certain streets. This would give the town some added revenue, but there are some concerns about fire access.

The town’s Planning and Zoning Committee, which has looked at this issue, is recommending that the town adopt the second option, because though there will be no revenue from those additional parking spaces, they believe it eliminates all safety concerns.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers. Prior to that, officials will meet to get an update on how the town is recovering from the recent storms and decide whether to lift the state of emergency that is currently still in effect. Both meetings are open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend.