As summer quickly approaches, beachgoers will once again head to the Outer Banks for some rest and relaxation. However, new this summer, vacationers will run into less traffic than in the past.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has partnered with officials from Dare and Currituck Counties, as well as the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau, to cut down on heavy beach traffic.
N.C. DOT Communication Officer Jennifer Heiss tells us these changes will help alleviate traffic congestion, specifically along U.S. 158 and N.C. 168.
“We have identified some areas where we can improve some signage and make sure people are aware of some traffic impacts that may be coming. We have in some areas put up some signs up that alert drivers to no right turn on red, so that way there’s less of a chance of people trying to make a right turn on red and then blocking traffic coming from the other direction” says Heiss.
‘Do Not Block Intersection’ signs have been installed to prevent gridlocked traffic. Traffic signal and traffic camera monitoring will be implemented in conjunction with the local police, ensuring that traffic patterns flow smoothly.
“Anything that we can do to help make the traffic in the Outer Banks on the weekends a little less is definitely a positive thing, so we hope that as the weeks go on, and as people get used to these changes, they’ll start to see some improvements.”
Additionally, a new webpage was developed by the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau to give drivers tips on how to avoid summer OBX traffic. Alternate routes to the beach, as well as suggestions on when to visit the Outer Banks, are listed.
For more information about ways to get to the Outer Banks faster, visit https://www.outerbanks.org/GetToTheOBXFASTER/.