Bridge closure backs up traffic in Cape Fear region


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Submitted: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 3:06am
Updated: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 3:38pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -– The closure of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge this weekend cut off one of the main arteries in and out of Wilmington and clogged up streets in the heart of downtown.

“I left the Pepsi plant at 12:05 p.m.,” driver Joey Andrews said. “That’s where I work at, and I have been here in traffic since 12:05 p.m., and it’s been four and a half hours of just sitting here waiting.”

NCDOT planned to detour drivers over the Isabel Holmes Bridge via 3rd Street, which is a four-lane street. However, 3rd Street is currently down to two lanes of traffic due to another construction project.

The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge remains closed until Monday at 5 a.m. when it reopens for the work week.

More maintenance is scheduled throughout the week on the bridge, and the closure schedule is as follows:

Monday at 8 p.m. until Tuesday at 5 a.m.
Tuesday at 8 p.m. until Wednesday at 5 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. until Thursday, Oct. 11, at 5 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. until Friday, Oct. 12, at 5 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. until Monday, Oct. 15, at 5 a.m.

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30 Comments on "Bridge closure backs up traffic in Cape Fear region"


KidLiberty
2015 years 8 months ago

Think government is good with roads? Wait until you’re begging them for healthcare…

Kirstoon
2015 years 8 months ago

THIS IS A MESS!!! WHY CANT THEY JUST WORK ON IT AT NIGHT TIME WITH THE SPOT LIGHTS- AND/OR JUST CLOSE IT FOR ONLY CERTAIN HOURS!! NO– OF COURSE NOT- THATS NOT GONNA MAKE THE CITY ANY MONEY WITH CAR WRECKS BECAUSE OF THE TRAFFIC, OR DRIVERS TOO CLOSE TO EACH OTHER, CAUSING LITTLE ACCIDENTS (WHICH IS ALL THAT HAPPENED!) THANKS WILMINGTON, SMART THINKING…AS ALWAYS..JUST ANOTHER WAY TO GET MONEY IS ALL.

Guest5466
2015 years 8 months ago

Below is a link to the NCDOT press release web page. I do not see where – even now – they said the bridge would be closed for multiple days. They did announg the upcoming closure, and hopefully they find someone who can apply some sanity, and planning.

https://apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/default.aspx?s=cape+fear&df=4%2f1%2f2012&dt=10%2f1%2f2012

The link below shows a phone number for contacting the communications office. Maybe some continuous calls from members of the public will help get the point across. You’ll likely get an answering machine off hours, and whether you get a machine or live person, just ask civilized questions so they don’t hang up on you. Save the number in your cell phone, and swamp their phones next time you are stuck in traffic, and they might eventually get the point.

http://www.ncdot.gov/contact/

fedup with cape fear
2015 years 8 months ago

This is just another ongoing example of the incompetence of the Mayor, city manager and police chief of Wilmington. To not raise one finger to help rectify (means fix to all you locals) a nightmare that started very early saturday morning only goes to show they have know idea of how to run a city during a crisis. Instead they were all probably rocking back in forth in a corner saying “make it go away, make it go away”. This area is absolutely pathetic when it comes to local government. Look at the Mayors office, City Council, Leland, Boiling Springs, Brunswick County and Navassa. You are all crooked and incompetent jokes that completely embarrass this area.

Guesty951
2015 years 8 months ago

I hope you are kidding! Tax payers have paid for those roads and we keep paying for those roads. I for one don’t want to have to pay tolls for a road that as a long time tax payer I have already been paying for, for 40 years.

IF roads are privatized that will be another government run, good ole boy, back slapping, smiling as tax payers will be ripped off yet again, dirty deal.

The person/corporation who owns/runs privatized roads will get subsidies up the wazoo, which we will still have to pay for as tax payers and then they can additionally charge us tolls to maintain the roads we have already paid for.

Nope privatized roads would be just another money draining scheme like healthcare.

With a pre-existing condition, one for which there is no cure (congenital heart defect) I will forced to buy healthcare at $542/month for life.

As a baby boomer born after 1955 I will NEVER get Medicare that I pay for out of every paycheck and I will never get Social Security which I have paid into since 1972.

Even Romney says we younger baby boomers won’t get these.

So the younger baby boomers have been made victims of a Federal Ponzi scheme with Social Security and Medicare and now Healthcare.

With Healthcare I will pay not only $542/month for life but will have a $5000/year doctor deductible with a $20 copay, a $7000/year surgeon’s deductible with a copay and an $11,000/year hospital deductible with a copay and all of that before Federal Healthcare kicks in.

Privatize roads? You must be kidding?