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Arrival 9/26 - traffic conditions?

Arrival 9/26 - traffic conditions?




We're making our annual fall trip in a week, planning to arrive in SNH on 9/26. We're seeing lots of articles about how busy it's been on the beach and how rentals are maxed out through October. Any thoughts on what to expect traffic-wise next Saturday? How was it on 9/12 (and open to those who can report on 9/19 tomorrow too)? Usually this time of year, we don't have to worry about backups before the bridge and we just come in whenever. If it's likely to be a challenge, we may come in on Friday. Just can't fathom sitting in miles of traffic. Thanks in advance for any thoughts!


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There is noticeably less traffic here now than 2-3 weeks ago. Traffic will be the least of your worries.



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Thanks, Tim - appreciate the info!


RE: Arrival 9/26 - traffic conditions?




There is noticeably less traffic here now that 2-3 weeks ago. Traffic will be the least of your worries.

Tim-OBX


Tim, that sounds ominous. What will be the most of her worries? Asking because I also will be coming in on the 26th, along with hubby. I know this weekend is a problem weather wise.


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We're seeing lots of articles about how busy it's been on the beach and how rentals are maxed out through October

SunShine7181


It has been busier this year. But "maxed out rentals" is NOT a precise measurement. What I suspect the rental companies are reporting is what percent of the available rentals are rented. Understand that rental property owners begin taking their properties off the rental market for the year starting after Labor Day. Or perhaps if owners have told their rental managers that they're coming down, some managers may count those days as rented too. Owners like to come down and enjoy their properties, or, after an extended rental season, start fixing them up. Owners, of course, don't have to pay any attention to turn days if the house is empty.

Also, while I don't think there's hard evidence for this either, check-in times have gotten later, 5:00 or 6:00 PM. That means that turn-day traffic is spread over a lot more hours as renters are less excited about arriving in the morning and waiting until 6:00 to get in. So again, less traffic at any given time.

Finally, traffic going south on the bypass (and NC 12) is always lighter than traffic going north on NC 12.


RE: Arrival 9/26 - traffic conditions?




We're seeing lots of articles about how busy it's been on the beach and how rentals are maxed out through October

SunShine7181


It has been busier this year. But "maxed out rentals" is NOT a precise measurement. What I suspect the rental companies are reporting is what percent of the available rentals are rented. Understand that rental property owners begin taking their properties off the rental market for the year starting after Labor Day. Or perhaps if owners have told their rental managers that they're coming down, some managers may count those days as rented too. Owners like to come down and enjoy their properties, or, after an extended rental season, start fixing them up. Owners, of course, don't have to pay any attention to turn days if the house is empty.

Also, while I don't think there's hard evidence for this either, check-in times have gotten later, 5:00 or 6:00 PM. That means that turn-day traffic is spread over a lot more hours as renters are less excited about arriving in the morning and waiting until 6:00 to get in. So again, less traffic at any given time.

Finally, traffic going south on the bypass (and NC 12) is always lighter than traffic going north on NC 12.

NightOwl


I think you are 1000% correct. When they say they are 100% rented they mean the homes that are available to rent are rented. Many owners take their homes off the market in Sept. Some owners don't care to make as much money as possible and worry more about wear and tear at lower rental prices, so they use them themselves.

I am looking out my window in Kitty Hawk and this week and last week have obviously less traffic. In normal years Saturday traffic, leaving from Nags Head to Hatteras, starts getting heavy around MP 3 in Kitty Hawk by 11am. This year it was 10am or earlier to see the same traffic as previous years and it lasts longer. Today no slow down at all, obviously less cars here than 2-3 weeks ago.


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To add to the "maxed out through October" statement, I wonder if the original poster was referring to The Outer Banks Voice recent article.

In the article, Beth Midgett from Midgett Realty said, "I think we’re going be one hundred percent through October.". The article title was '100 percent through October', but she said "think". After reading the article I searched Midgett's website for weeks that had an October arrival. Nearly 250 houses available.


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Just drove right across the bridge without touching the breaks. Certainly not summer like.


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