REMINDER: Cape Fear Memorial Bridge closed until 5 a.m. Monday

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Submitted: Sat, 10/13/2012 - 2:19pm
Updated: Mon, 10/15/2012 - 8:45am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You’ve probably heard by now, but it’s worth saying again: The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is closed all weekend. It is scheduled to reopen Monday at 5 a.m.

The DOT says the weekend closure is necessary so the contractor can finish replacing aging cables that raise and lower the bridge. There are a total of 64 cables on the bridge, 32 of which were replaced in September. The additional 32 cables will be replaced this weekend.

During the weekend closure, motorists can use the following signed detour route:
·Dawson Street to Oleander Drive to South College Road to MLK Parkway to US 17.

The department also suggests the following alternate routes:
-Motorists traveling on US 421 South: Use I-140 East to I-40 East to College Road.
-Motorists traveling on US 421 North from Carolina Beach: Use College Road to I-40 West to I-140 West.

Also, motorists traveling south or west from Carolina Beach can use the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry. Southport will add four departures at the Southport-Fort Fisher route Saturday and Sunday.

Additionally, the US 17/US 421 southbound left turn lane onto US 74/NC 133/Isabel Holmes Bridge will be closed Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and at other times as needed throughout the weekend.

Changeable messages signs and overhead message signs are being used to inform motorists about the upcoming closures and alternate routes. Motorists can also call 511 or visit to get information about the closure.


  • Guest Reply says:

    “THE BRIDGE”….(New for this Fall)
    Screen Gems (being right here in town) should jump on the opportunity to create a TV series for the Fall season…called of course “THE BRIDGE”!
    The National news is funny enough to read about…but local news…where else can one get this kind of free comic relief for free???
    Next story you will read will be…”Bridge Closed…bridge workers can’t get to their jobs until 5 a.m. Monday”!!!!
    They should post the bridge closing signs in place of the Ball Park signs that came down. It would take care of the waste of space…like the space between the ears of local Government…HA!!!!

  • Guest867 says:

    It looks like DOT actually got it right. The problem is that some genius from Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department decided to park a “dead” (like Leland PD used to do all over town) empty Sheriff’s car with blue lights flashing just past the overhead sign on 74/76 East. The signs all say “two lanes through – stay in lane”. Because people see a car with blue lights flashing on the right shoulder, they follow the law, and move into the left lane. Then, they all try getting back in the right lane where the separation cones begin.

    Smooth move sheriff’s department….

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