Emerald Tidings

December 2012

  1. NC 58 Bridge Lane Closures Begin December 3
  2. New Deer Population Estimate Shows Decrease
  3. New Dollar General Store Planned
  4. New Restaurant Planned at Bogue Inlet Pier
  5. Town Holiday Schedule

NC 58 Bridge Lane Closures Begin December 3

Expect Delays and Plan Accordingly

The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will begin a major bridge construction project on the Emerald Isle bridge in December.  The project involves the replacement of bridge joints and resurfacing of the bridge decking, and is expected to continue through May.  The project is intended to extend the life of the bridge for another 30-40 years or more.

In order to complete this work, it is necessary for NCDOT to close one lane of the bridge for extended periods.  A traffic signal will be installed near the crest of the bridge and the base of the bridge to control one-lane traffic flows.  Motorists should expect delays traveling over the bridge, and should plan accordingly by allocating additional time to reach your destination.  

NCDOT's planned lane closure schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, December 3 - Friday, December 7:  One lane closed  during daytime hours as construction crews begin preliminary work.
  • No lane closures will occur on weekends between 7 pm Friday evening and 7 pm Sunday evening.
  • Sunday, December 9, beginning at 7 pm until Friday, December 14 at 7 pm:  One lane closed 24 hours per day.
  • Sunday, December 16, beginning at 7 pm until Friday, December 21 at 7 am:  One lane closed 24 hours per day.
  • No lane closures are planned from Friday, December 21 at 7 am until Sunday, January 6 at 7 pm due to the holidays.
  • Sunday, January 6, beginning at 7 pm until Friday, January 11 at 7 pm:  One lane closed 24 hours per day.
  • Sunday, January 13, beginning at 7 pm until Friday, January 18 at 7 pm:  One lane closed 24 hours per day.

Please note that this schedule has the potential to change due to unforeseen circumstances.  Additional and updated lane closure information will be posted at www.emeraldisle-nc.org as construction progresses.  Weekday 24-hour lane closures (from Sunday evening at 7 pm until Friday evening at 7 pm) are expected to continue through Friday, March 15.  Between Sunday, March 17 and Thursday, May 23, only weekday nighttime (7 pm - 7 am) lane closures are expected.  No lane closures are planned for Easter week (March 29 - April 7).  All work is expected to be complete by May 23.

The lane closures will be an inconvenience for everyone in Emerald Isle and surrounding areas, and your patience is greatly appreciated by NCDOT.  The project is being managed by NCDOT's New Bern office, and they can be reached at 252-514-4759.   

New Deer Population Estimate Shows Decrease

No Controlled Hunt in 2013

Biologists with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed the Town's 2012 deer population estimate, and the results indicate an estimated deer population of approximately 141 deer in the Coast Guard Road area.  This estimate is down from the 2011 estimate of approximately 174 deer.

The Town conducted two controlled hunts in select areas in early 2010 and early 2012 in an effort to help control the deer population.  Because the deer population has decreased slightly over the past year, the Board of Commissioners opted not to conduct a controlled hunt this winter.  The Town will continue to monitor the deer population in this area annually, and may undertake additional activities in the future. 

The Town has conducted significant research on the deer issue over the past several years, and the only legal, reliable, and cost-effective method to reduce the deer population is through hunting.  Deer contraceptives are not approved for use in NC, and trapping and relocating deer is not cost-effective or practical, and has a significant mortality rate.

Emerald Isle residents are encouraged to PLEASE refrain from feeding deer on your property.  Although it is enjoyable to observe the deer at close range, feeding is strongly discouraged by nearly all environmental organizations.  Feeding is not good for the control of the local deer population, nor is it good for the deer themselves.         

New Dollar General Store Planned

The Board of Commissioners recently approved site plans and building elevations for a new Dollar General store to be constructed at 3201 Emerald Drive in eastern Emerald Isle. 

The new 9,100 sq. ft. store will be constructed on a 1.4 acre tract of land, and will carry a wide variety of items.  The property is zoned Business, and this area of the Town has been specifically zoned for future commercial development for many years in order to provide more convenient retail opportunities for residents and visitors in eastern and central Emerald Isle. 

Dollar General hopes to open to the public prior to the 2013 summer season. 

New Restaurant Planned at Bogue Inlet Pier

Renovations are currently underway at Bogue Inlet Pier to create a new oceanfront, open-air restaurant adjacent to the Pier.  The new restaurant will be located in the space formerly occupied by Bushwhacker's, and is scheduled to open to the public prior to the 2013 summer season. 

The new restaurant will feature a "bar and grill"-type menu, and will be accessible from the street, the pier, and directly from the beach.  

Town Holiday Schedule

Town offices will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25, and Wednesday, December 26.  The Community Center will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25, but will be open on Wednesday, December 26.

Town offices and the Community Center will also be closed on Tuesday, January 1 for the New Year's Day holiday.    

Trash will NOT be collected on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25.  Trash will also NOT be collected on Tuesday, January 1.  Normal trash and recycling schedules will be in effect for all other days.   

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  We are all so blessed to be able to enjoy Emerald Isle!

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
252-354-3424
frush@emeraldisle-nc.org
Posted by Frank Rush Saturday, December 1, 2012 10:04:00 AM

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