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Cape Fear Memorial Bridge Preservation Project


​​​​​​​​​​​​​Detour Information ​

  • Drivers can use the Isabel Holmes Bridge, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, College Road or I-140. 
  • ​​​​NCDOT will use electronic message b​oards to alert drivers to the best route. 
  • Drivers should use caution while traveling through the work zone and plan accordingly for delays. 
  • For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT​ social medi​a.

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The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, which connects New Hanover and Brunswick counties, recently underwent a preservation project to extend its life.

While the bridge is safe, it is reaching the end of its lifecycle and must be monitored, inspected and maintained on a more frequent basis. Daily inspections of the steel vertical-lift bridge built in 1969 have shown the need to conduct longer-lasting improvements.

The work began in January 2024 and was complete in May 2024. ​

Estimated Project Timeline 

​Overnight lane closures will be ongoing from 7 p.m.-5 a.m. (lane closures will begin in outside lanes, then switch to inner lanes)
​Eastbound lanes close (crews will work 24/7 but there will be no nighttime construction due to safety concerns)
​Jan. 29, 2024
​All lanes open for Azalea Festival 
​March 31, 2024
​Westbound lanes close
​April 8, 2024
​Work completed 
​May 8, 2024

5/13/2024 9:23 AM