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Will the causeway widening include new lighting on the approaches to the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge?

Adam Wagner

Cars sit in traffic in the northbound lanes of U.S.17 just prior to merging onto U.S.421. StarNews photo by Matt Born.

Q. Will the causeway widening contract in Brunswick include new lighting on the approaches to the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge? (New lighting on the approaches was in the painting contract but was omitted when that project took so long. The NCDOT never said what happened to that money and now many of the lights are out again. They keep giving excuses instead of fixing or replacing the aging lights. The only new fixtures that went up were on the bridge itself and now several of them don’t work. What’s the problem with keeping the lights on and where did the money go for the lights in the painting contract?

A. The causway widening project does not include any lighting on the approach to the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, and the only lighting included in it is a tower light system at the N.C. 133/Village Road Interchange in Leland, according to Hollie Allen, a N.C. DOT spokeswoman.

Lights on the Memorial Bridge are maintained by a bridge maintenance electrician who checks them on a weekly basis. Lights on the approaches to the bridge are maintained by traffic services.

Allen added that the painting project only included rehabilitation of the existing approach lights to the bridge, not new lights, and that all of the work required by the contract was finished.

“There was no lighting work eliminated from the painting project,” she added.


Any idea when the lights are going to be fixed (again) on the Leland side of the Memorial Bridge causeway?

Who made the decision to paint Cape Fear Memorial Bridge green with gray trim? Can that be changed and the bridge painted colors that are more reflective of Wilmington?

Why doesn’t the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge floor close flush instead of having a bump?

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2 Responses to “ Will the causeway widening include new lighting on the approaches to the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge?”

  1. On July 24, 2013 at 10:50 am WAYNE wrote:

    According to a Star News story October 20, 2010 the plan for improved lighting on the bridge approaches was scrapped by the NCDOT because of the painting delays. The original contract did indeed include a revamp of the lighting system. Since that time little has been done. The DOT uses every excuse in the book from no truck tall enough to reach the bulbs to bad wiring to no money. Just go back and read all the responses they have given My Reporter every time a reader brought this up. Enough is enough, I am tired of driving in the dark especially in rain on these approaches. Get some funding and fix this problem.

  2. On July 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm Landon wrote:

    Do they realize that nearly every single light on the western approach to the bridge is out? You’d think keeping the primary gateway into the city properly maintained would be a priority. Especially for a tourist destination.

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