ONLINE UPDATE: Bridge traffic addressed

by Cole Dittmer
Thursday, January 31, 2013

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, North Carolina Department of Transportation resident engineer, Kerry Cross, held a conference call with Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti, town manager Tim Owens and police chief Dan House to discuss traffic plans for the constricted Heide Trask Drawbridge during warm weekends.

As a result of the congested traffic during an unseasonably warm weekend of January, town hall received numerous complaints about the wait time at the bridge, which was up to an hour for some.

During the conference call on Tuesday, the parties decided that before future warm weekends before the four lanes of the drawbridge are open in early April, the town would contact the city of Wilmington about the increasing the timing intervals for traffic signals west of the bridge to Military Cutoff Road.

During the weekend, officers from the Wrightsville Beach Police Department will direct traffic and control merging movements east of the bridge. Also, the officers will be stationed at the intersection of Airlie Road and Wrightsville Avenue to prevent left turns out of and into Airlie Road.

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