CAROLINA BEACH – Carolina Beach is getting a new sidewalk.
In concert with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the town received funding for the sidewalk, located on U.S. 421, also known as Lake Park Boulevard, from north of Lake Drive to south of Carolina Sands Drive.
The sidewalk replaces an existing walkway pedestrians have been using along the grass for several years, and will provide a safer option by separating them from the roadways. A construction date for the project has not been set.
“We are experiencing record visitors to our town, and through our synergy with DOT leadership, we can implement safety measures in a timely fashion,” Carolina Beach Mayor Lynn Barbee said in a press release.
NCDOT encourages pedestrians to use sidewalks whenever they are available. If sidewalks are not available, pedestrians should follow these safety tips:
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
- Always remain alert. Don’t be distracted by electronic devices.
- Never assume a driver sees you. Create eye contact with the driver as they approach.
- Utilize cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible. If none are present, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Look for cars in all directions, then wait for a pause in traffic that creates enough time to cross safely. Be sure to continue watching traffic as you cross.
- Watch for cars exiting or entering driveways or backing up in parking lots.
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