Sunday, January 16, 2022

When will local area bridges close? Hurricane Dorian may shut down multiple crossings

The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)
The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)

SOUTHEASTERN, N.C.— Hurricane Dorian is expected to impact the Cape Fear Region sometime later this week. As the storm approaches and the winds increase in intensity most bridges in the tri-county — New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties — region will close at the discretion of local officials as hurricane-force winds grow stronger.

Area protocol for the area’s bridges can be found below and will be updated with closure notices when more information becomes available:

New Hanover

  • Cape Fear Memorial – will close to motorists after 40 mph sustained winds.
  • Heide Trask – NCDOT will chain and shut down operations after 30 mph winds.
  • Snow’s Cut – will close to motorists after 45 mph sustained winds.
  • Isabel Holmes –  NCDOT will chain and shut down operations after 30 mph sustained winds.
  • Dan Cameron – According to NCDOT spokesperson Chad Kimes, bridges will begin closing when local law enforcement deems it unsafe, with some exceptions.

Pender

  • North Topsail Island bridge at N.C. 210  According to Pender County spokesperson, Tammy Proctor, NCDOT controls the bridges. According to NCDOT spokesperson Chad Kimes, bridges will begin closing when local law enforcement deems it unsafe, with some exceptions.
  • New Surf City Bridge – Bridge closure for the new N.C. 210 bridge in Surf City will be determined by town officials. According to a release from Surf City, the bridge will close if windspeeds approach approximately 45 mph.

Brunswick

  • Oak Island bridge at Country Club Drive – will close to motorists after 45 mph sustained winds.
  • Oak Island bridge at Middleton Boulevard – will close to motorists after 45 mph sustained winds.
  • Sunset Beach bridge – will close to motorists after 50 mph sustained winds.

Evacuation routes and shelter locations are available online or on the Ready NC phone app, is available for free download. Stay updated on Hurricane Florence storm coverage here, or on Port City Daily’s homepage.


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