The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, constructed in 1969, is currently the highest bridge in North Carolina. It has a lift span of 135 feet.
N.C. Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Abbott said the bridge will open for any vessels that are over 65 feet above the water. Abbott also said, “Coast Guard regulations require us to open the bridge on command for commercial vessels, they usually give about a 30 (minutes) notice.” In addition to commercial vessels, the bridge will open for pleasure craft at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.
There is no standard number of times per week that the bridge is opened. However, Abbott said in an e-mail that the bridge opens for three to seven ships a week. Of those ships, 95 percent also will require the opening of the upriver Isabel Holmes Bridge, he said.
If you would like to contact Bridge Info directly, the telephone number is 1-877-368-4968. Or you can e-mail them. E-mail addresses are available on this website.
Date posted: December 21, 2010
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