Residents say no to two-way Main Street, advocate for more parking in Sylva

sylvaSylva is likely nearing the end of a months-long debate over a recurring question: is there a better way to do traffic on Main Street?

For Russ Avenue redesign, Waynesville wants a Cadillac, DOT counters with a Buick

fr russaveA grandiose plan to remake Waynesville’s Russ Avenue commercial corridor into a tree-lined boulevard has gotten a little less grandiose.

Swain County to get rid of parking lot potholes

fr potholesAfter hearing numerous complaints about the enormous potholes plaguing the county administrative building parking lot, Swain County commissioners agreed it was time to repave it.

Waynesville’s Russ Avenue gets rework of concrete bumper

fr russaveLove it or hate it, the concrete median down the middle of Russ Avenue in Waynesville on the approach to Ingles entrance road is here to stay.

Maggie officials not pleased with DOT report

fr maggieroadMaggie Valley leaders aren’t taking no for an answer after the North Carolina Department of Transportation said nothing could be done to improve safety conditions at the U.S. 19 and U.S. 276 intersection.

Bryson City considers closing Fry Street

fr fryestThe Bryson City Board of Aldermen is formally asking for public input after mulling over the idea of closing Fry Street in downtown for almost a year.

Bryson City’s paving priorities get questioned

fr brysonpavingWith so many roads needing to be repaved in Bryson City and so little money to do it with, the town board of aldermen has to make tough decisions and try to prioritize a short list of projects each year.

Road closure coming for Howell Mill Road

fr howellmillHowell Mill Road won’t be an option for those planning to drive the length of the Waynesville route for the rest of the summer.

Sylva to take public comment on two-way Main Street

sylvaAsk around downtown Sylva, and it’s not hard to find someone with an opinion about traffic. Main Street should be two-way. It should remain one-way. There’s not enough parking. The new parking area on Mill Street is a godsend. The recently installed posts and left-turn lanes are obnoxious and confusing to visitors, or they are a great way to slow the speed of traffic and prevent accidents.

Buckle up: N.C. may no longer require driver education

fr drivinglessonsBy Katie Reeder • SMN Intern 

Young drivers in North Carolina may no longer be required to take driver education to get their learner’s permit if a Senate subcommittee’s modifications to House Bill 97 are passed by the General Assembly.

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