DOT approves plan to add trees to Main Street

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has approved the town’s revised plan to add planters with trees at a few locations along Main Street. The town sent the DOT  the new plans after the Nov. 26 Land Use Committee meeting where the Community Building was filled with business owners and concerned citizens voicing their firm objections to adding parallel parking on Main Street. The original story was posted on Plateau Daily News HERE.


The Main Street beautification plan approved by the DOT calls for adding two trees between 3rd and 4th streets, and two trees between 4th and 5th streets.

The revised plan calls for a limited amount of trees in the center spaces on Main Street with no loss of parking, no parallel parking, and no curbing, said Town of Highlands Mayor Pat Taylor. The new plan will be discussed at the next Highlands Board of Commissioners meeting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Community Building.

Pictured below are some examples of when traffic and parking can get tricky along Main Street. These photos were taken on Black Friday after Thanksgiving of this year. There were several public comments made at the last Land Use Committee meeting that predicted parallel parking on Main Street would be a disaster.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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