All Inbound Lanes to Wilmington Closed Nightly Starting Monday
Wilmington - Motorists who use the Cape Fear Memorial bridge on U.S. 421 in Wilmington will see several days of overnight lane closures starting Sunday, Sept. 11. The closures are needed so workers can safely inspect and repair various components of the bridge.
Beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday, and ending at 5 a.m. on Monday, crews will repair areas of the metal deck damaged from changes in weather and from wear and fatigue, and will inspect the remainder of the deck, and make repairs as needed. This work will require intermittent lane closures, with at least one lane remaining open in each direction.
Then on Monday night through Thursday morning, crews will inspect and repair bridge cables. This work will require the closure of all inbound lanes to Wilmington from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night, with eastbound lanes open in time for the morning commute. The westbound lanes will remain open. Providing there are not any weather delays, the work might be completed earlier.
The bridge will not have any closures outside the 9 p.m.5 a.m. period.
During these closures, motorists coming into Wilmington are advised to detour to U.S. 421/17/74 north across the Thomas Rhodes Bridge, and take U.S. 74 East (Martin Luther King Parkway) to U.S. 117 South (North College Road) to U.S. 421 (Carolina Beach Road) north to U.S. 76.
Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. The Department of Transportation reminds motorists to watch signs for construction and detour information, 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 website or follow NCDOT on Twitter.