No barricades on Southern Shores streets during Fourth of July weekend; Town advises motorists to stay on N.C. 12, U.S. 158 while traveling

A screen capture from The Town of Southern Shores’ ‘No Cut Through” video. [YouTube]

With this weekend’s traffic expected to be the peak of the summer season, The Town of Southern Shores has determined that it is best to remove barricades on all Town streets.

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The decision, announced by the Town Thursday via email, “will provide as many outlets as possible and expedite traffic through Southern Shores” as previous attempts to control traffic in the Town have not proved successful.

The Town is asking motorists to remain on U.S. 158 and N.C. 12 if they are traveling to Duck and Corolla as they will experience less traffic congestion.

The full announcement from The Town of Southern Shores is as follows:

“When addressing traffic issues in one part of our community, the Town did not intend to create new or worse problems in other parts of town. In some cases, efforts to ease cut-through traffic have created conditions worse than those addressed. The blocking of Hickory Trail at East Dogwood is an example of the effect being worse than the cause. Traffic being backed up to the cemetery on South Dogwood is not an outcome we can allow. Once East Dogwood Trail and Hickory Trail were opened for traffic, we still experienced lengthy backups on South Dogwood. The barricades at several intersections that are intended to discourage non-local traffic from cutting through contributed to the back-ups. We are experiencing different results from these barricades this year than last. With this weekend’s traffic expected to be the peak of the summer, we have determined that it is best to remove barricades on all Town streets. This will provide as many outlets as possible and expedite traffic through Southern Shores.”

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