WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The snowy and icy conditions are causing a lot of crashes all around the region. Some usually busy roads have been shut down or seen traffic grind to a halt.
Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Wilmington was closed between McCrae St. and the Burgaw exit for several hours after a 10-car accident earlier this evening. Dispatchers say the DOT is trying to salt the road to get it back open. It finally reopened around 11 p.m. Around 10:30 p.m. dispatchers confirmed traffic is being redirected away from the Isabel Holmes bridge because of the MLK issues.
On the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, other crashes caused traffic to come to a standstill this evening. Some drivers were stuck in their cars for several hours. Crews cleared the scenes earlier this evening. While the Cape Fear Memorial and Isabel Holmes Bridge are open, they are still very slick, and accidents continue as vehicles lose control.
In Brunswick County, ice has wreaked havoc with bridges and overpasses. Sunset Beach’s police chief says the bridge to that town is closed until further notice.
Brunswick County Dispatch says the bridges over the Brunswick River and Alligator Creek on US 17/74/76 near Leland and the Mt. Misery Rd. overpass over US 74/76 near Leland are iced over. At 9:30 dispatch said salt trucks are on the way to try to make those roads drivable.
Earlier in the evening the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said the bridges to Holden Beach and Ocean Isle Beach were closed. They later reopened, but the sheriff’s office warned drivers to only go about 15-20 mph.
At one point early this evening, a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said there were five crashes from the start of I-40 at N. College Rd. to the interchange with I-140. He said while deputies usually do not respond to traffic accidents, there were so many that they were helping Wilmington Police and Highway Patrol cover the crashes.
According to the Pender County Sheriff’s Officer, US 421 is open after a tree had fallen, blocking lanes near Blueberry road. Crews removed the tree before midnight and the area is open for your morning commute.