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Cape Fear Skyway to be discussed with NC officials

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WILMINGTON, NC (AP) -- Leaders in the Wilmington area want to meet with North Carolina transportation officials to discuss the possibility of building a toll road almost 10 miles long that would be known as the Cape Fear Skyway.

The region's Transportation Advisory Committee voted Wednesday to hold a workshop to discuss the $1 billion Skyway and other alternatives for crossing the Cape Fear River. No date has been set.

There are currently only two bridges across the river linking Brunswick and New Hanover counties in the Wilmington area.

Alternatives to the Skyway bridge could include replacing the existing Cape Fear Memorial Bridge or adding a new span.

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Right...

When the Wilmington MPO-TAC (Saffo-Barfield-Thompson triumvirate) was trying to shove the (pie in the)Skyway Bridge down our throats, the state was going to pony up $50 million/year (or so) to subsidize the difference between the tolls and the cost of the billion dollar boodoggle.

Replace the POS Cape Fear Memorial for half the amount of the Skyway bridge, let the state toss in the $50 mil-a year that was earmarked and we have a bridge with no toll that doesn't stop traffic.

The past Wilmingto area MPO-TAC has done this area a great disservice by trying to make the Skyway work without considering alternates. We've lost years for a much needed road because of this.

We need another way out of

We need another way out of Wilmington. Evidently the people commenting above has never been stuck in traffic trying to get out of Wilmington. I would gladly pay a toll to get away from sitting idle for an hour everyday!

I-140

Knowing that they were going to shut the Memorial Bridge down for cable replacement, you would think that the DOT would have been pressing full speed on the I-140 connector to complete it in advance. Leland and Wilmington are going to be crippled because of bad planning on the part of the DOT. There needs to be new leadership there.

bridge

IF THE MEM,BRIDGE IS IN SO MUCH BAD [SHAPE] WHY DID THEY PAINT IT

painted...

They painted it to hope it would last a little longer before falling in to the river (ha).

SF had a huge overhead bridge through the city, it was harmed in the earthquake and closed. They spend $90 million to retrofit it, then two years later tore it down.

Brilliant!

Dawson and Webster are three and four lanes wide. This would be plenty wide to accomodate a bridge of four lanes or five lanes each direction.
Build a replacement bridge for the old crumbling thing just barely south of the existing one.
The existing one had deck plates ready to fall into the river.

A new bridge may land around 5th street, yet exit ramps can turn back and connect to 3rd street easily because a lot of the land between the two streets are vacant.

THey would love to build a new bridge at a billion dollars, then in two years want to replace the existing one as well. the skyway goes through areas that have nothing there until it gets to us17.
why bother.

We do not need a Sky Way. We

We do not need a Sky Way. We need to finsh the new I 140 and make the cape fear Bridge bigger.. Toll roads are not the answer to problems when all they want is MONEY.. Fix what is started and fix what be be fixed.. What is wrong with you people...

I VOTE TO REPLACE THE CAPE

I VOTE TO REPLACE THE CAPE FEAR MEM. BRIDGE. WOULD BE A LOT CHEAPER. HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DRIVE SOUTH, THRU TRAFFIC DOWN 16TH, COLLAGE OR OTHER ROUTES TO GET TO A BRIDGE THEY HAVE TO PAY TO GO ACROSS? THESE ARE NOT QUICK ROUTES. CAN'T SOME ONE DESIGN A BRIDGE THATS JUST AS FUNCTIONAL? TO ME, THIS BRIDGE IS NOT PRETTY AT ALL. MOSTLY JUST A BUNCH OF CABLES

Skyway

Cape Fear Memorial
Isabel Holmes
I-140

That's 3 right?

How about we just finish the I-140 connector and skip the tolls!