WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Both lanes of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge (U.S. 17/76/421) heading into Wilmington are set to close on Jan. 3 until the Azalea Festival (April 3-7).
After the end of the Azalea Festival, the lanes heading out of Wilmington toward Brunswick County will be closed for several weeks.
According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, the closures are taking place so repairs can be made to the grid deck (the traveling surface of the bridge) and the stringers (the support beams for the grid deck.) Officials say these repairs are needed to be made to extend the life of the bridge.
“We do inspect this bridge every other year, just like all bridges in the state. And we’ve noticed some extensive deterioration in the beams,” NCDOT Assistant Division Construction Engineer Trevor Carroll told WECT. “We’ve been making frequent repairs on the grid deck and the welds. …