Intermittent Lane Closures Starting March 11 on Isabel Holmes Bridge

Intermittent Lane Closures Starting March 11 on Isabel Holmes Bridge

By / Local News / Tuesday, 03 March 2015 05:00

WILMINGTON - Starting at 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, and ending at 5 a.m., Thursday, March 12, the N.C. Department of Transportation will intermittently close the westbound lanes of the Isabel S. Holmes Bridge on U.S. 74 over the Northeast Cape Fear River in Wilmington. This closure will take place in order for crews to repair the metal deck on the bascule span of the bridge.
Portions of the grid deck occasionally break from wear and fatigue, while some of the welds can break from expansion and contraction caused by changes in weather. NCDOT crews will repair the damaged areas and inspect the remainder of the deck for metal fatigue and minor cracks and make repairs as needed. Although there will not be any detours, drivers are still urged to seek alternate routes. Motorists are also advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays.  NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
NCDOT to Close Northbound Market Street in Wilmington Nightly March 1st to March 6th
In preparation of the Kerr Avenue widening project in Wilmington scheduled to begin this spring, the N.C. Department of Transportation began closing northbound Market Street between Cinema Drive and Kerr Avenue nightly from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. on the night of Sunday, March 1 and ending the morning of Friday, March 6, weather permitting. This work was originally scheduled to begin February 22, but had to be postponed due to inclement weather.
These nightly closures will allow NCDOT crews to remove trees on Market Street in the area of the intersection with Kerr Avenue where the road will be widened.
Traffic will be detoured through Cinema Drive. At least one lane of traffic is expected to remain open nightly in the southbound direction. All lanes will be open throughout the day.
NCDOT’s Division Three will be donating the small branches and limbs from the trees to The Woodlot program through the Salvation Army, which delivers wood to needy families that use it for heating and cooking.  Much of the larger sections of wood will be donated to the local organization, “Kids Making It” and to the New Hanover County School System for use in their carpentry program.
The project to widen Kerr Avenue in the vicinity of Market Street is scheduled for letting in April 2015, and is intended to increase mobility and safety while reducing travel times along this heavily-traveled corridor.
Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. You can also access NCDOT Mobile, a version of the NCDOT website especially for mobile devices. Visit http://m.ncdot.gov from your mobile browser.
Source: North Carolina Department of Transportation.

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