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Why are there no signs on U.S. 17 directing motorists to Oak Island?

Andrew Dunn
Oak Island Bridge

The new Oak Island Bridge opened in November 2010. (StarNews file photo)

There are not likely to be any signs directing drivers to Oak Island through Bolivia until the roads needed to get there are improved, N.C. Department of Transportation officials said.

Division traffic engineer Katie Hite said she could not find any plans to put signs on U.S. 17 pointing to Oak Island.

In October, N.C. DOT division construction engineer Jackson Provist said officials had concerns that Midway Road and Galloway Road, which connect U.S. 17 to the new Oak Island bridge, would not be able to handle the traffic as a main thoroughfare between the two.

There are, however, signs at the intersection of N.C. 211 and Midway Road pointing to Oak Island.

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4 Responses to “ Why are there no signs on U.S. 17 directing motorists to Oak Island?”

  1. On June 22, 2011 at 9:59 pm Aaron Richardson wrote:

    The people who need signs to inform them of this route to Oak Island are the same people who would drive 25 miles an hour under the posted speed limit. I hope there are never signs posted as I enjoy not having my day ruined by slow inconsiderate people.

  2. On June 27, 2011 at 10:22 am PS wrote:

    Don’t worry. When the politicians want to use that route, the roads will be fixed to accommodate the traffic and there will be lots of signs pointing to it.

  3. On June 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm Johnny Black wrote:

    The real question should be why did they build 7 miles of road and a bridge going to Oak Island, there is only traffic there 2-3 months a year.
    The bridge and 7 miles of road should have been built to connect i140 to 74/76, there is traffic here 2-3 times a day!

  4. On June 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm Darrell Parks wrote:

    Imagine a hurricane during tourist season. You really want to try evacuate 30,000 tourists over a two-lane bridge? Hopefully, the new bridge will someday relieve some of the congestion at 211 and Beach Road. Try it during rush hour.

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