Closures on Cape Fear Memorial Bridge Start Thursday for Maintenance Work Wednesday, April 18, 2012

RALEIGH — Motorists traveling across the Cape Fear River between New Hanover and Brunswick counties can expect delays and detours while crews carry out painting work on Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.


The N.C. Department of Transportation will begin daily lane closings on the bridge beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 19. One lane in each direction will remain open while work is underway between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily through the end of May.


Full bridge closures will be in effect each night, with the exception of Friday evenings, for the duration of the project.


The full closures will take place Sundays through Thursdays between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. and Saturdays from 11 p.m. until 10 a.m. on Sundays.


Crews will be applying a much-needed coat of protective paint to the 43-year-old bridge, which has become a landmark for residents and visitors to Wilmington. Electrical and mechanical repairs were recently completed by NCDOT.


Inbound traffic to Wilmington may follow signed detours along U.S. 17/421 to U.S. 74 and cross the Isabel Holmes Bridge into downtown. Outbound travelers will take Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, then cross the Isabel Holmes Bridge to reach U.S. 17/421.


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