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Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

Started by Plutonic Panda, June 16, 2024, 08:45:33 AM

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Plutonic Panda

This bridge is scheduled to be replaced at a cost of over 450 million. It's a vertical lift bridge but could be replaced with a high arch and tolls are being talked about.

https://www.worldhighways.com/wh8/news/cape-fear-nc-bridge-replacement


The Ghostbuster

I have read that the western terminus of the new bridge's roadway is/was to end at the Interstate 140/US 17 western interchange. Is this accurate? Even if it is, I doubt the 140 designation will be extended.

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RoadPelican

Quote from: The Ghostbuster on June 16, 2024, 10:47:34 AMI have read that the western terminus of the new bridge's roadway is/was to end at the Interstate 140/US 17 western interchange. Is this accurate? Even if it is, I doubt the 140 designation will be extended.

Yes, this was under a project called "Cape Fear Skyway" it would have extended the current I-140 that ends in Leland and take it around the southern edge of Leland and over the Cape Fear River and connect to Independence Blvd between Carolina Beach Road and River Road.

The project was canceled by NCDOT in 2019. Too expensive especially with all the right of way needed to be purchased on the Brunswick County side and too many other needed road projects in Wilmington.

snowc

Quote from: RoadPelican on June 18, 2024, 01:12:58 PM
Quote from: The Ghostbuster on June 16, 2024, 10:47:34 AMI have read that the western terminus of the new bridge's roadway is/was to end at the Interstate 140/US 17 western interchange. Is this accurate? Even if it is, I doubt the 140 designation will be extended.

Yes, this was under a project called "Cape Fear Skyway" it would have extended the current I-140 that ends in Leland and take it around the southern edge of Leland and over the Cape Fear River and connect to Independence Blvd between Carolina Beach Road and River Road.

The project was canceled by NCDOT in 2019. Too expensive especially with all the right of way needed to be purchased on the Brunswick County side and too many other needed road projects in Wilmington.
And the skyway was considered going to be possibly I-740.  :D
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Big news in Wilmington - North Carolina receives $242 Million grant for replacement of Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.  The grant should cover about half the costs.

The grant makes a new bridge one step closer to reality.  Tolls are still a possible - and NCDOT has also applied for additional grants to cover construction costs.

An updated timeline has not been made available.

Links:

https://www.tillis.senate.gov/2024/7/tillis-announces-242-million-for-replacement-of-the-cape-fear-memorial-bridge

https://www.starnewsonline.com/story/news/local/2024/07/12/millions-awarded-to-help-fund-replacement-of-cape-fear-memorial-bridge/74381989007/



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