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How many times per week is the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge opened?

David Morrison
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The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge deck is raised June 1, 2007, to allow the tall ship Prince William to depart Wilmington via the Cape Fear River. (StarNews file photo)

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.

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What is the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge?

Before the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge was constructed, how did travelers cross the Cape Fear River into Wilmington?

What are the duties of the bridge operator other than opening and closing the bridge over the Cape Fear River?

Do the bridge tenders on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and the Isabel Holmes Bridge close the gates to the bridge when they have to park their vehicles?

Why do they call it the Isabel Stellings Holmes Bridge?

How will the proposed Cape Fear Skyway compare with the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston?

Is it true a Cadillac fell off the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge into the river?

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