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Are pedestrians allowed to walk across the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge?

Adam Wagner

The Wilmington Fire Department searches the Cape Fear River in first block of South Water Street for John J. Pruitt, of Fontana, Calif., on April 16, 2012. Pruitt was last seen running and jumping into the river about 11 p.m., according to Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Lucy Crockett. Pruitt has not been seen since. StarNews photo by Mike Spencer.

The NC Department of Transportation doesn’t have any ordinances prohibiting pedestrians anywhere, said Bob Hammond, a division transportation technician.

There are statutes requiring pedestrians to walk against traffic, to use a sidewalk if one is present and to yield to vehicular traffic if they’re in the roadway. It is also illegal to ride an animal, moped, bike or any other kind of nonmotorized vehicle on an interstate or controlled access highway.

The North Carolina General Statutes address pedestrians in statutes 20-172 through 20-175.

“Where sidewalks are not provided, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall, when practicable, walk only on the extreme left of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic which may approach from the opposite direction. Such pedestrian shall yield the right of way to approaching traffic,” statute 20-174 states.

Just because a pedestrian can walk across the Memorial Bridge, though, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.

“I don’t know that anything prohibits pedestrians, but I can tell you from experience, it’s not a great place to walk,” said Amanda Glynn, N.C. Department of Transportation’s division bridge program manager.


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?

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

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