DOT: Replacement for Memorial Bridge to come after new crossing
By Tim Buckland
WILMINGTON (StarNews) — A replacement of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge should be done immediately after a new crossing of the Cape Fear River south of the bridge is completed, the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) recommended Wednesday.
“The cheapest option that we recognized was to build the new crossing, provide a detour and then build the new Cape Fear bridge,” said Chad Kimes, deputy division engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation.
The board adopted no resolution on the matter at Wednesday’s full board meeting, but came to a consensus that building a replacement for the Memorial Bridge, which was completed in 1969, immediately after a new crossing is built makes sense.
“We wanted to see if there was some consensus for doing those projects in sequence,” said Mike Kozlosky, executive director of the MPO.
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