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 www.ncdot.gov/travel to get information about the closure.