Cape Fear Memorial Bridge


This week’s inspection of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge caused long delays and left many travelers wondering if more could be done. But the North Carolina Department of Transportation says some proposed solutions cause more problems than they fix. 

After Monday’s traffic congestion, some drivers requested onsite law enforcement officers to direct traffic. But NCDOT Division Engineer Karen Collette says that when that tactic has been employed in the past, it had adverse effects:


There could still be snarls for drivers traveling from Wilmington to Brunswick County Tuesday afternoon.   

Commuters using either the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge or the Isabel Holmes Bridge ran into hours of delays late Monday afternoon and evening due to an emergency repair on the Leland Causeway. 

The N.C. Department of Transportation will close all lanes on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in Wilmington this weekend from 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, until 5 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15.

If you plan to use the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge between now and the end of May, state transportation officials would advise building in some extra travel time.