Lake Lure council adopts transportation plan

May. 23, 2013 @ 04:56 AM

The Lake Lure Chimney Rock Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) and the Lake Lure  Chimney Rock Traffic Study were adopted by the Lake Lure Town Council Tuesday night after being presented by North Carolina Department of Transportation. 

Both were recommended to Town Council for approval by the Lake Lure Zoning and Planning Board and are consistent with the Town of Lake Lure 2007-2027 Comprehensive Plan and the Lake Lure Town Center Master Plan, Phase 1, said Shannon Baldwin, community development director for Lake Lure. 

The Lake Lure Parkway, State Park Entrance,from the Town of Lake Lure with primary egress into Chimney Rock Village, transportation improvements around the west side of the lake, and all other facilities the committee identified were adopted.

Chimney Rock Village Council will address the plan at its June 18 business meeting and is expected to adopt the plan. 

The CTP has been a coordinated project between the Town of Lake Lure, Chimney Rock Village and NCDOT.

Although traffic counts conducted by the NC DOT between 1990 and 2005 saw only minor fluctuations from one year to the next, resident and visitor experiences over the same period revealed that peak season traffic flows were much higher than NC DOT counts, reported Baldwin.

Chimney Rock State Park’s newly adopted master plan calls for changes in the ways visitors move in and out of the Park. Plans include a new entrance and a shuttle system.

The overall recommendation identified in the plan is to assure safe, efficient transportation and economic viability for future generations. 

The newly adopted plan considers alternate travel options to deal with excessive traffic without major disruption to the fragile landscape.

The CTP was crafted by a core committee of 13 individuals appointed to steer the process.

Those developing the plan were DOT engineers Nazia Sarder and Pam Cook (Mountains Planning Group, Transportation Planning Branch) who focused on the CTP,  Joel Cranford (Transportation Mobility and Safety Division, Traffic Management Unit, Municipal and School Transportation Assistance) who focused on the Traffic Study, NC DOT, towns of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village, Chimney Rock State Park, Rutherford County, and Isothermal Planning Development Commission’s transportation planning staff.