-Work on the Thomas Rhodes Bridge in Wilmington has begun and inside lanes in both directions of U.S. 421 are closed nightly from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., weather permitting.The lane closures are necessary for crews to resurface the bridge deck, paint the structural steel and perform concrete repairs. The closures are expected to last until the fall of 2014.This project is part of NCDOT's $450 million state-funded bridge plan for 2011-13, which calls for preservation, repairs or replacement of bridges statewide. Under this plan, the department uses a preservation and rehabilitation approach when possible to make the best use of limited funds. Instead of just replacing bridges across the board, strategic improvements are made to extend the life span of existing bridges at a significant cost savings. This approach allows the department to improve the overall condition of bridges across the state and stretch the taxpayers' dollars much further.For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.