Preservation Project to close multiple lanes of Cape Fear Memorial Bridge for several months beginning in January

The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) announced on December 1 that a preservation project intended to extend the life of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge will temporarily close portions of the bridge in the coming months. The work is scheduled to begin in early 2024 will repair the moveable bridge deck.

According to NCDOT:

  • Both eastbound lanes heading into Wilmington will close as early as Jan. 3 and are expected to remain closed until April 1. The westbound lanes will remain open to traffic. During this closure, those wanting to drive into Wilmington will detour to take the Isabel Holmes Bridge to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to College Road. 
  • The bridge is scheduled to be open in both directions on April 1-7 for the Azalea Festival in downtown Wilmington.
  • Tentatively, on April 8, contract crews will close both westbound lanes to traffic and reopen before Memorial Day.

NCDOT’s press release noted that these schedules are dependent upon weather and the availability of materials. The contractor, Southern Road & Bridge LLC, was awarded the $7.1 million contract on Nov. 30. The department has incentivized the company to finish early, potentially earning an extra $500,000.

Source: Press Release from N.C. Department of Transportation