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Memorial Bridge lane closures planned for tonight, March

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Bridge work will mean lane closures on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge tonight.

The NC Department of Transportation says crews will close the left lanes heading in and out of Wilmington during maintenance. The closures are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. The lanes should be back open by 5 a.m.

The DOT has also scheduled intermittent lane closures for several days next month for routine inspections. The eastbound right lane will have closures Monday, March 5, through Thursday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The closures will affect the westbound right lane on Wednesday, March 7, and Thursday, March 8, and again from Monday, March 12, through Thursday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Here we go again. More

Here we go again. More playing on the bridge. Whoever at NCDOT that's supposed to be responsible for bridge maintenance needs to be sent home and told to find a different job. They clearly have no ability to handle the incompetent contractors they find to attempt to do these jobs. We have the never ending paint job on the bridge - the "new" paint applied 2 years ago on the east side of the bridge is starting to show it's age already (rust showing through). More recently, the DOT has contractors working on the bridge approaching the first Leland exit. This crew's idea of getting traffic to comply with the lane closures is to face four 1000 watt metal halide lamps directly into oncoming traffic. The light is not there to help the crew see... it's well before the bridge, and facing the opposie direction. It's sole use is to blind oncoming traffic. A call to the NCDOT asking them to suggest to their contractor not to do that was responded to with "we have no control over the contractor, you need to talk to them". I asked for a phone number, and was told they can't give it out. They suggested I talk to the crew on the highway.
Yeah, sure. I'm going to pull over on the highway with in an area with freshly blinded drivers, and tell a bunch of construction workers that they're idiots. Somehow I think that's the NCDOT's job.