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When was Dawson Street changed to one way? When was the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge finished?

Ken Little
StarNews

N.C. Department of Transportation officials have not been able to pinpoint a definitive date when Dawson Street became a one-way street, but it has been many years since it received that designation.

The neighborhood along Dawson and Wooster streets was originally known as Dry Pond. It was established in the early 1900s.

As for the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, considerably more information was available.

Bridge construction was completed about August 1969, said Alton Edgerton, Division 3 staff engineer.

Edgerton forwarded a copy of a brochure from the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge dedication ceremony on Oct. 20, 1969. It contains a wealth of information.

The first construction contract on the 3,033-foot bridge was let in September 1965, and construction got under way in December 1965.

The bridge height, with the center span down, is 65 feet above mean water level. The height from the water to the top of the towers is 180 feet. Footings go down 50 feet into the river bed.

It took 6,100 tons of steel and 43,000 cubic yards of concrete to complete the bridge, according to the brochure. One-half of the concrete is visible and half is under land or water.

The total cost of the bridge and its approaches was $15 million, the single-largest money appropriation in North Carolina “in one place” at the time, according to the brochure.

Among those attending the dedication ceremony were Luther M. Cromartie, Wilmington mayor; J.J. Burney Jr., N.C. state senator; J.M. Hall Jr., chairman of the  New Hanover County Board of Commissioners; D. McLauchlin Faircloth, chairman of the N.C. State Highway Commission; and Frances Farmer, “Miss Wilmington.”

“This majestic structure, spanning the historic Cape Fear River at Wilmington and connecting the counties of New Hanover and Brunswick, will henceforth serve to honor the memory of the heroic men and women of North Carolina who gave their lives in the service of the United States of America,” the brochure handed out at the dedication ceremony said.

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