Wilmington - The N.C. Department of Transportation will intermittently close the right and left lanes in both directions of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge/U.S. 17 over the Cape Fear River between Monday, Feb. 8, and Wednesday, Feb. 17. The closures are needed for the biannual inspection of the bridge.
The closures will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 to 12 p.m. on Friday. At least one lane of traffic will remain open at all times in both directions.
Although there will not be any detours for the inspection work, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid work crews and possible congestion. Motorists are also advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. Drivers need to watch for signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
All bridges go through a natural deterioration or aging process, although each bridge is unique in the way it ages. Regular inspections help the department identify whether a bridge needs maintenance and repair, then schedule them accordingly.
If NCDOT inspectors find a safety concern, the bridge will be repaired or closed immediately until the repairs can be made. The department will not keep a bridge open if it is determined to be unsafe. If necessary, NCDOT can post weight restrictions on a bridge. For more information on bridge inspections, including definitions of terms and how inspections work, please visit the North Carolina Bridge Information web page.
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