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All CF Memorial Bridge lanes to close 3 nights, starting March 23

Lanes on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge will close three consecutive nights for inspection due to phase one of the preservation project nearing completion. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — As phase one of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge preservation project nears completion, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will close all lanes for three nights, beginning this weekend.

READ MORE: CF Memorial Bridge repairs on schedule, officials hope to open eastbound lanes by March 30

As part of the inspection, crews have to lift the bridge and bring it back down, similar to when ships pass through. It takes 10-minutes each lift and will be done eight times from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., starting Saturday and finalizing Tuesday. All lanes of the bridge will close overnight on March 23, 25 and 26.

Crews have been replacing the stringers and deck on the eastbound lanes since January and expect work to be complete by March 30.

The final step in phase one requires them to clean and regrease the cables with machinery to complete inspection. This mandates all lanes remain closed during the process. 

The same work will be repeated upon completion of the westbound lanes, phase two of the project, slated to wrap by May.

NCDOT suggests motorists take the Isabel Holmes Bridge to avoid delays.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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