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Major traffic changes coming as NCDOT prepares to work on Cape Fear Memorial Bridge westbound lanes

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CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation is getting ready for the next phase of repairs on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.

Work on the westbound lanes of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge will start the night of April 8th, with several major changes to traffic occurring.

People heading into Wilmington who are driving south on US 421 from Pender County will not be able to turn left onto the Isabel Holmes Bridge.

Instead, they’ll have to continue on 421 and take the eastbound lanes of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge to get into Wilmington.

Assistant Division Maintenance engineer Trevor Carroll said this will make it easier for drivers heading out of Wilmington.

“We really have a lot of traffic coming from downtown and coming from our MLK Parkway that are really gonna be channelized across Isabel so we want to try to maximize those green times, let those folks get out of town,” Carroll said. “And by closing that left-hand turn, it really helps us reduce those congestion and travel times.”

While work on the eastbound lanes took several months to complete, DOT resident engineer Joshua Pratt said the westbound lanes will take less time.

“We do anticipate that the, you know, the nature of this work is very repetitive,” Pratt said. “So we kind of anticipate that the contractor, having figured out their process one bay after the other, that they will have higher production rates for this westbound closure.”

To help with traffic flow, a third left turn lane will be added going from North College Road onto MLK Parkway towards the Isabel Holmes Bridge.

That lane will be worked on during the nights of April 4th and 5th.

The westbound lanes on the bridge are expected to be completed by May 23rd, with the contractor getting a $500,000 bonus if the work is completed prior to that date.



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