Coast Guard temporarily closes section of the Cape Fear River

Cape Fear River (Photo: WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Coast Guard has closed a section of the Cape Fear River, south of downtown Wilmington, while crews begin to permanently raise the power lines crossing the river this week.

Closures during this first week of work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 11 through Sept. 13. Additional days will be announced as the the project proceeds.

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According to a news release, vessels with less than a 30-foot air draft, or height above the water, will be permitted through the safety zone every one to two hours, depending on operations. Vessels taller than 30 feet will not be permitted through the safety zone until operations stop at the end of each day. Vessels requesting transit can reach on-scene personnel on VHF Channel 13 or 16. All closures will be broadcast on the same channels.

Questions or concerns should be directed to Sector North Carolina Command Center at (910) 343-3880.