DOT plan aims to ease beach traffic congestion in Chadbourn
Department of Transportation officials are taking steps to ease congestion caused by beach traffic in Chadbourn.
CHADBOURN, NC (WECT) -
On the weekends in the summer, traffic in downtown Chadbourn is often bumper to bumper, but most of the drivers don't live in the small town; they're tourists on their way to Myrtle Beach.
The Department of Transportation is taking steps to cut down on the congestion, but it will come at a cost.
On-street parking along Brown Street will soon be banned, allowing DOT crews to move the center line and widen both lanes.
"While we don't want folks speeding through town, we do want them to be able to move a little bit quicker through town to hopefully eliminate some of the backups that we've been seeing," said Drew Cox, DOT district engineer.
In April Chadbourn Town Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting the move after holding a public hearing during which only one resident spoke up.
Removing on-street parking will mean more walking for patients at West Columbus Family Practice on Brown Street, but owner Joyce Beaver said she thinks the trade off is worth it.
"It's not a safe street," Beaver described. "It's not a safe situation with the on-street parking."
But a block away at Lynn and Pam's Furniture and Clothing, employee Sonya Field expressed concern that the move could cut into the store's business.
"The further away they have to park, they're just going to keep going," Field said.
Cox couldn't provide an exact timeline for the project, but said crews expect to move the center line before Labor Day.