Flagging Operation to Guide Motorists through the Work Zone
Wilmington - The Department of Transportation will intermittently close one lane in each direction on the Holden Beach Bridge (N.C. 130) over the Intracoastal, starting Monday, Oct. 17 and ending Thursday, Oct. 20. The closures, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, are necessary for crews to perform routine maintenance and inspections as part of the biannual inspection process.
The Federal Highway Administration requires all bridges to be inspected once every two years. Regular inspections help the department identify whether a bridge needs maintenance and repair, then schedule them accordingly. If inspectors find a safety concern, the bridge will be repaired or closed immediately until the repairs can be made. If necessary, weight restrictions will be placed on a bridge. The department will not keep a bridge open if it is determined to be unsafe.
Although there will not be any detours, drivers are urged to seek alternate routes. Motorists are also advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect possible delays. The Department of Transportation reminds motorists to stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
For more information on bridge inspections, including definitions of terms and how inspections work, please visit the North Carolina Bridge Information web page.
For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Traveler Services section of the Department's website or follow NCDOT on Twitter.