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Does N.C. DOT have any plans to clean the trash off the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge?

John Peaspanen

The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Staff Photo By Ken Blevins/StarNews Media

Q. Does N.C. DOT have any plans to clean the trash off the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge? The trash seems to have gotten worse lately and the drains in the gutters have had weeds growing out of them for years.

A. Since this question was asked, it appears that the issues have been resolved by the state Department of Transportation.

Trevor Carroll, bridge maintenance engineer for N.C. DOT Division 3, reports, “The weeds have been addressed. Also, we have some scheduled night activities coming up this weekend, which will give us an opportunity to clean up any additional debris.”

According to Carroll, N.C. DOT has a sweeping contract for all divisions, which covers debris removal. The contract runs through the divisions statewide on regular cycles throughout the year.

“We have cycles. A lot of the beach bridges get swept three to four times per year. Some of the rural ones only get it once per year. The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge falls into the two to three times per year cycle,” he said.

Explaining what is entailed in a regular sweep, Carroll said, “We just have a street sweeper go through there. Some crew members will get out to remove old tires or timber. You don’t want to damage the machinery, of course.”

Carroll said that N.C. DOT recognizes a need for increased sweeping on certain bridges and will send out a crew for an extra cleaning, if they are working near to an area for which they have been notified.

If residents wish to report an issue to NCDOT, they can call the department’s toll-free customer service line, 877-DOT-4YOU (877-368-4968), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hours are extended as necessary for emergencies. There is also an email link for comments/concerns at http://www.ncdot.gov/contact/.


When the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is closed, why do the detour signs not indicate the shortest route available? Can I post my own signs?

How does DOT plan to handle traffic when the bridges over the Brunswick River are replaced?

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