The Outer Banks Chamber has issued the following invitation and summary of traffic issues facing the Outer Banks:
From Traffic congestion in the Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Duck and Corolla areas in the summer is becoming an increasingly negative situation. We have seen an increase in complaints from our visitors and residents alike regarding the difficulty with accessing the Outer Banks area during the weekends. Businesses along Route 158 in both Dare County and Currituck County are also being impacted as visitors bypass them due to heavy traffic.
The Dare County and Currituck County Outer Banks host hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Traffic volume and congestion continues to grow as the number of visitors increases. Without the Mid-Currituck Bridge, there could be significant negative impact on the tourism industry in the Outer Banks. The addition of the bridge would provide significant improvements to public safety by providing an alternative route for hurricane or other emergency evacuations.
NC DOT has agreed to conduct an open meeting to engage our communities in positive conversation to consider and explore possible relief strategies. The meeting is now scheduled for December 15, 2014 at 7:00 at Jarvisburg Elementary School located at 110 Jarvisburg Rd, Jarvisburg, NC 27947.
Please plan to attend to share your thoughts and suggestions.