Bike Lane Eliminated After Lake Park Blvd Project; Contractor To Repaint Lines To Restore Lane

Bike Lane Eliminated After Lake Park Blvd Project; Contractor To Repaint Lines To Restore Lane Featured

By / Local News / Thursday, 09 April 2015 04:00

By: Willard H. Killough III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - In a town known for it's desire to expand bike and pedestrian routes, it's no wonder people took notice when bike lanes on the side of South Lake Park Blvd (Highway 421) in Carolina Beach were non-existent following a recent project to resurface that road. The lines were repainted in error and the contractor will have to remove them and paint them in the proper location. The lanes were added some years ago when the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) added additional asphalt the the shoulder of the road to accommodate bike and pedestrian use.

The most recent project contract was for $671,573.74 and repaved South Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach and Fort Fisher Blvd in Kure Beach. Crews with S. T. Wooten Corporation began work in February with completion of the project scheduled by May 15th, 2015. The road was milled up and resurfaced from Carolina Sands Drive in Carolina Beach south to Avenue E in Kure Beach. A distance of 2.52 miles.

Local resident Jimmy Lippard posted photos of lines recently painted along the side of the road leaving far less room for bikes and pedestrians. Lippard commented, "What happened to the bike path lane?" as the caption of the photos.

Local resident and avid bike rider John Pagenstecher commented, "What happened to the north bound bike lane between Kure Beach and Carolina Beach... After repaving it's half the previous width and in some places impossible to use without clipping mailboxes and landscaping.... A dangerous situation just got more dangerous just in time for summer!"

The Town of Carolina Beach is not in charge of the road project. It was planned by the North Carolina Department of Transportation who hired a contractor to do the work.

Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer said he received calls and emails Thursday morning about the lack of bike lanes following completion of the project. Cramer explained via email, "This morning I received several calls and emails regarding the location of the edge lines on the recently re-paved section of Lake Park / 421. Previously each side of the street had edge lines that defined the edge of the vehicle travel lane and the Bike Lane. The new edge lines are closer to the edge of the pavement, making the vehicle lanes wider and the bike lanes smaller. I have contacted NCDOT and they stated that the contractor put the edge lines in the wrong place. The contractor will be removing the edge lines and re-stripe the markings. Given the interest in this subject I will have this message posted on the Website and Facebook."

Photo: Jimmy Lippard

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