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Cape Fear Memorial Bridge closures begin this weekend

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- More closures this weekend as crews try to finish work on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.

The Department of Transportation will close the bridge from 11 p.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday. The bridge will also be closed each night from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

The closures are to help finish painting, electrical and mechanical repairs that are running more than a year late. A DOT engineer said last month he hoped the work will be done by Thanksgiving.

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What's hurting downtown business?

3 reasons.

1) Constant bridge closures. Regardless of it happening at night, the decrease of people into downtown equates into less money being spent downtown which equates to less tax dollars going back into the city.

Of course, city officials don't care about this because they don't want bars and restaurants to succeed. Instead, they would like the current holders of liquor licenses to be the only people to have a chance to keep profits instead of allowing new businesses with liquor licenses to get into business and who may do a better job and have better ideas. Let's protect the few, the proud... the lucky who got a liquor license before the crackdown instead of allowing the consumers to decide where they want to frequent.

2) Signs ordinances which restrict all business owners from being able to express and target their consumers. Instead, the City Council wants to force the businesses to lose their identity and customers because some busybodies in control want downtown to feel like the equivalent of something out of the Stepford Wives where everything is the same.

3) The Water/Sewer construction on Third Street not being properly planned and finding out the there are fuel tanks and underground structures which will now keep the project from being finished until September 2012. That's the end of 2012!

So, what's keeping downtown from thriving? City Council has been what is keeping downtown from thriving. They are constantly showing they can't make a sound decision regarding what goes on down there. Once they turn it into a graveyard, they'll decide to move onto screwing up your neck of the woods next. Watch out!

Actually, it's great planning

Especially if your promoting another bridge (skyway).

Main bridge closures, 3rd street apocalypse, marathons, and anything they can think of for the Isabella Holmes.

More than a year late, actually means they have successfully extended the hassle factor far beyond what it would have normally taken to complete the project. If you can inconvenience the normal traffic enough, sooner than later they will be converts for any solution.

This project should have been scheduled for late nite closures from the beginning, except for painting which would require daytime temps.
3rd shift work is not unheard of and there wouldn't have been much overtime at all.

But, this is totally the norm for state government. I believe any Jr high student would have been able to examine and schedule this project to have been completed faster.

Instead of the Highway Patrol investigation, they should have investigated the DOT, and done some genealogy to determine which govt leaders stood to profit from the skyway to nowhere.

This bridge repair has been nothing except a fiasco. DOT needs some kids on the program.

The DOT engineer, myself and

The DOT engineer, myself and hundreds of others who use the bridge are hoping for the same thing. I can understand running a little behind schedule, but a year? Hope the contractor is being fined for every day he is behind when the work is finally done. Wonder how long it will be before it sticks open again. Never known it to stick shut and hinder boat traffic.

It's taken over a year and

It's taken over a year and ahalf to to get this far...why rush NOW???? Great planning DOT

Bridge

Ain't it nice. First freeze and bridge will be closed for painting.