DOT: North Third Street bridge to be closed for a year for bridge replacement

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A rendering of the at-grade bridge planned to replace the current, hump-like bridge on North Third Street between Campbell and Hanover streets. Images courtesy NCDOT.
A rendering of the at-grade bridge planned to replace the current, hump-like bridge on North Third Street between Campbell and Hanover streets. Image courtesy NCDOT.

Crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin work to replace the North Third Street bridge in downtown Wilmington on Monday.

The closure–on North Third Street between Brunswick and Campbell streets–begins at 7 a.m. Monday, and will last approximately one year.

DOT crews will completely replace the current bridge—considered safe but “structurally deficient,” meaning it needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demand needs—with a new bridge that will feature a center turn lane, curb and gutter on the outside lanes to accommodate bicyclists, and eight-and-a-half-foot-wide sidewalks.

The bridge will also remain level with the rest of Third Street, as the current bridge’s hump-like design, which once provided clearance for a now-inactive railroad corridor, is no longer needed.

Traffic is planned to be diverted via the Isabel Holmes Bridge, U.S. 421 (via the Thomas Rhodes Bridge) and the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. But there are other city-maintained streets drivers can use during the yearlong closure.

“The project on Third Street is, in fact, a complete bridge replacement,” DOT Engineer Adam Britt said. “Front, Water and Fourth streets will all be open to traffic during the replacement, however, these are all city-maintained streets and it is important to note that the adjacent bridges on Second and Fourth Streets are both posted with load limitations.

“As a policy, the department does not detour traffic from state routes on to city streets. That is the reason for detouring traffic on to the three New Hanover County bridges. I do want to emphasize again that these adjacent streets will be open during the construction.”

For additional information visit the N.C. DOT website or call (910) 341-2000.

Related story: Third Street bridge to be replaced—without the hump—in 2015

The North Third Street bridge will close Monday. Photo courtesy the City of Wilmington.
The North Third Street bridge will close Monday. Photo courtesy the City of Wilmington.