Carolina Beach had a huge tourist turnout Memorial Day weekend, which means it was the prime time for the police department to put the town's "road diet" to the test.
The "road diet" stretches along Lake Park Boulevard between Winner Avenue and Ocean Boulevard.
The new pattern has three lanes: one each way with a center turning lane and bike lanes on either side, instead of two lanes in each direction. However, one open lane didn't seem to be enough for the heavy flow of cars in town.
One Carolina Beach visitor said the traffic was "pretty unpleasant," but the positive holiday mood seemed to keep most people calm.