Saturday, March 25, 2023

Castle Hayne Road Bridge demolition to begin Monday

WILMINGTON — The Castle Hayne Road Bridge, constructed in 1930, will come down next week, according to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

In May a container truck wrecked into the steel truss of the bridge, which crosses Smith Creek. The NCDOT determined the bridge would be demolished and replaced after surveying its damage.

Construction will begin on the new bridge, slated to be 263 feet long and 42 feet wide, after its demolition. It will have one lane in each direction and costs will be $3.8 million, according to the contract awarded by NCDOT. The new bridge is expected to be complete by fall 2023.

Drivers are encouraged to use N.C. 133 and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway (U.S. 74) as a detour. Commutes may take longer than normal around the closed bridge due to construction.

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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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