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Pinpoint Traffic Blog: Beat the Beach Gridlock

Pinpoint Traffic Blog: Beat the Beach Gridlock

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Hazy, hot and humid weather has thousands flocking to local beaches.

So, when is the best time to leave to avoid the gridlock?

In Narragansett, the beach lot opens at 8:30 a.m. and typically fills up an hour or two after that, according to Parks and Recreation Director Steve Wright.

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“Get out on the road as early as possible,” Wright tells me.

Anytime after 9:30 a.m., beachgoers start seeing delays on Rte. 4 South between Rte. 102 (Ten Rod Road) and Tower Hill Rd.

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“People are going to get their beach time in. This (July 4th) is our biggest week,” Wright said.

It’s no surprise that weekends are typically busier than weekdays. 

During the last weekend in June, the non-resident lot filled by 9:30 a.m. and the resident lot was at occupancy by 10:30 a.m. 

There is a fee to access the town beach along with parking fees.

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Another option, Wright says admission to Narragansett Town Beach is free after 5 p.m. 

There’s lots happening after hours at the beach with different concerts and movie night on Wednesday evenings at dusk.

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If you want to avoid the fee at the town beach other popular spots include Roger Wheeler State Beach, Salty Brine, and Scarborough Beach.

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In Westerly, things heat up pretty early.

Lifeguard Supervisor Mark Fidrych tells me by the time his lifeguards arrive at the beach it is often half packed.

The town beach opens at 8:45 a.m. on weekdays and 8:15 a.m. on holidays and weekends.

Fidrych says his staff is familiar with the heavy delays on Rte. 78 and the roads right near the beaches.

“By mid-day the roads are packed,” he says.

Heading home from the beach is no picnic either. 

Fidrych tells me the beaches start to clear by 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on busier days and weeks like the 4th of July.

Beachgoers will pay a fee up until 6 p.m. if they want to hit the sand. 

 

State Beach Hours

 

Charlestown Breachway 8:30 AM – 4 PM              Weekends + Holidays: 8 AM – 4 PM
East Beach, Charlestown 8:30 AM – 4 PM             Weekends + Holidays: 8 AM – 4 PM
East Matunuck, South Kingstown 9 AM – 4 PM      Weekends + Holidays: 8:30 AM – 4 PM
Misquamicut, Westerly 9 AM – 4 PM                       Weekends + Holidays: 8:30 AM – 4 PM
Roger Wheeler, Narragansett 9 AM – 4 PM            Weekends + Holidays: 8:30 AM – 4 PM
Salty Brine, Narragansett 8 AM – 4 PM                   Weekends + Holidays: 8 AM – 4 PM
Scarborough North, Narragansett 9 AM – 4PM       Weekends + Holidays: 8:30 AM – 4 PM
Scarborough South, Narragansett 9 AM – 4 PM     Weekends + Holidays: 8 AM – 4 PM