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Signs warning of bridge closure still misleading drivers

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- As the NCDOT prepares for another weekend of closing the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, the signs alerting drivers of the closures still have misleading messages.

Currently, signs say the bridge will be closed 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. this Friday through Monday. That has some drivers thinking the bridge will be open during daytime hours, which is not true. It will be closed all weekend.

"The contractor for the signs is out of Winston-Salem, and to re-rogram the signs he has to come down from
Winston-Salem to actually program the signs manually," NC DOT Assistant Resident Engineer Ben Hughes said.

The DOT says the contractor owns the signs, so he is the only person who can reprogram them. The signs are expected to be changed Tuesday night.

The bridge will also be closed tonight at 8 p.m. and will reopen tomorrow at 5 a.m.

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We need two signs

On the Wilmington aide?

"You CANNOT escape"

On the Leland side?

"You can't get there from here"

Vog

Bridge closing...again...

My spouse and I agree that New Hanover County doesn't exist for us this weekend...no shopping downtown...no restaurants...no Seafood Festival. Just not worth the hassle of getting over there from Leland and back. If the threat of repeating the traffic nightmare that happened a few weekends ago is keeping our few hundred dollars from being spent in NHC ...we wonder how weekend closings will effect the overall economy.

Bridge Closure Info

The sign should read:

Bridge closed 8 pm Fri. 10/12 thru Mon. 10/15 5 am

Try this DOT

The Dang bridge is out............

Vog

We're not worth a 7 hour trip?

This is so ridiculous!

1) The DOT should have instructed the contractor what to put on the sign.

2) The contractor should drive down to fix the sign, that's part of his/her job and its their fault that nobody locally was given the authority to reprogram them.

Finally, do we not own the large overhead sign on 74/76 coming into Wilmington? I realize that doesn't help all drivers, but it will at least alert some. Last time I came into town when the bridge was closed this sign wasn't being used to alert drivers. What good is a nice big sign if it's not being used??

The DOT needs to get their act together.