This doesn't seem bad to me, but your last sentence makes me wonder. Restricted? What were you expecting after the jug handle was completed? The northern parking lots is actually more than I was expecting.
I expected that the road would be abandoned and nature would reclaim it, possibility with a new inlet if left unchecked.
What they indicated was exactly what I had expected. They will be removing the existing pavement and vehicle access will be restricted along that section of the island. This has been identified by NCDOT before so its no surprise.
What would have been nice, but obviously it was never part of their plan, was your expectation...abandon the road and let nature reclaim it. If this were to happen, at least individuals could access the that stretch of island via ORV and then walk over the dunes versus having to walk the entire way.
And for the record, I am fully capable of making that walk however my parents cannot. This section of beach had a few good holes in the past that my father enjoyed fishing. After the pavement is removed, my father will be restricted and will no longer be able to make the walk.
Don't get me wrong, I am all for the construction of the Jug Handle and look forward to its completion. But I am not for beach access for ALL being taken away.
Ultimately I would rather lose a fishing hole or two so I can better access our house and not drive through salt water.