WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) – Following the Wrightsville Beach Flotilla fireworks Saturday night, the Department of Transportation plans to close traffic eastbound onto the beach, allowing two lanes of traffic to flow off the beach, according to a spokesperson for the Wilmington Police Department.
The current plan allows traffic to flow off the beach for 15 minutes, then to allow traffic to flow onto the beach for 15 minutes.
The fireworks show will likely end around 7:30 p.m.
Drivers should be aware that if they're heading to the beach during the peak period following the fireworks (from 30 minutes to an hour after the show), they may come across heavy traffic on Eastwood Road and on Wrightsville Avenue.
Town leaders have done several things to try to get the word out, like putting up signs to alert drivers on Eastwood road. Mayor David Cignotti says the town has also sent emails and made robo-calls to town residents to spread the word.
Mayor Cignotti suggested that people should plan their day around it. "It sounds simple, but we recommend that people should make a day of it," said Cignotti. "We want folks to come down early, spend the day in town, and then after the fireworks, don't rush to leave, stick around for dinner. I compare it to a football game or any sports event, if you try to leave as soon as it ends, it's going to take you forever to get out."
Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington Police will help monitor the flow of traffic.
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