Lane Closures Friday and Monday on U.S. 74, N.C. 133 Bridges in Wilmington

Lane Closures Friday and Monday on U.S. 74, N.C. 133 Bridges in Wilmington

By / Local News / Wednesday, 15 April 2015 04:00

WILMINGTON, N.C. - On Friday, April 17, and Monday, April 20, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close the right lane of U.S. 74/N.C. 133 on the bridges over 23rd Street/Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Wilmington. The lanes will be closed from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on both days.   
Contract inspectors with the NCDOT Bridge Maintenance Department will be performing the biannual inspections of the bridges. The left lane of traffic will remain open at all times in both directions. No lanes will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. Although there will not be any detours for the inspection work, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid work crews and possible congestion. 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.
All bridges go through a natural deterioration or aging process, although each bridge is unique in the way it ages. Regular inspections help the department identify whether a bridge needs maintenance and repair, then schedule them accordingly. If NCDOT inspectors find a safety concern, the bridge will be repaired or closed immediately until the repairs can be made. If necessary, NCDOT will post weight restrictions on a bridge. The department will not keep a bridge open if it is determined to be unsafe.
For more information on bridge inspections, including definitions of terms and how inspections work, please visit the North Carolina Bridge Information web page at http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/ncbridges/
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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