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.
Date posted: July 24, 2013
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