TRAFFIC ALERT: Inspection of Cape Fear Memorial Bridge complete

Inspection of Cape Fear Memorial Bridge will require nightly closures

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Crews finished the annual inspection of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. It is open and will not need to close Wednesday night.

The N.C. Department of Transportation says the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge will close to traffic for inspection work Tuesday night.

The bridge will close at 9 p.m. and reopen Wednesday at 5 a.m. The bridge could close again Wednesday night depending on if more inspection time is needed.

In any case, all closures will end by 5 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3.

The closures will allow NCDOT’s Bridge Maintenance Electrical Department and the New Hanover Bridge Maintenance Department to do an annual inspection of the aerial cable installation. This inspection is done to identify potential problems and ensure cables will remain functional and in good repair for the duration of their life expectancy.

The aerial cable strapping utilizes strips of rubber as insulating material to prevent damage from the straps themselves. These must be replaced or inspected every year due to the deterioration of the material.

Detour signs will be posted, directing traffic around the closure. Drivers should anticipate needing extra time for their commute during these nights.

Motorists are also urged to use caution when approaching the work zone.

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