6/18/22: ‘LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY’ BARRIERS WILL BE IN PLACE TODAY; HICKORY TRAIL WILL NOT BE CLOSED AT EAST DOGWOOD.

The “local traffic only” barriers that have been in place since Memorial Day weekend will remain in effect this weekend, and Hickory Trail will not be closed at East Dogwood Trail, according to the summer traffic mitigation update in yesterday’s Town newsletter.

The following locations will have orange water-filled barriers in place to block northbound traffic that is not local:

Hickory at East Dogwood Trail

Hickory and Wax Myrtle

Hickory and Sea Oats

Hickory and Hillcrest

Hillcrest and Sea Oats

East Dogwood and Wax Myrtle

East Dogwood and Sea Oats

East Dogwood and Hillcrest

Juniper Trail past the Food Lion entrance

Ocean Blvd. at the southern end near the Duck Road split

If you are not currently a Town newsletter subscriber, we encourage you to sign up at https://www.southernshores-nc.gov/broadcast-news/. The electronic newsletter is published biweekly on a Friday.

Please feel free to share on this blog your observations about today’s cut-through traffic. This weekend is the first of the summer high season, and unlike the past two summers, arriving vacationers will be able to turn left legally at the U.S. Hwy 158-South Dogwood Trail intersection. We will be interested to hear how the traffic flows or doesn’t flow.

Be safe, everyone.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SIR PAUL

We also would like to wish a happy 80th birthday today to the “cute Beatle,” Sir Paul McCartney.

Anyone who thrilled to the Beatles’ “Ed Sullivan Show” performances in 1964 and then lived the magical mystery tour of Sir Paul’s musical life, which continues with a U.S. tour this summer, has to feel a bit numb and awestruck about this milestone birthday.

It’s been 16 years since Sir Paul turned 64, and we still need him. Long live the Fab One.

Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 6/18/22  

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