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Isabel Holmes Bridge

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Photo taken by Matthew Ridpath

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BH Photo #136277

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Description 

This bridge was used in the film Maximum Overdrive by Stephen King in 1986.

Facts 

Overview
Bascule bridge over NE Cape Fear River on US 74/NC 133 in Wilmington
Location
New Hanover County, North Carolina
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1980
Design
Bascule
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 316.0 ft.
Total length: 2,309.2 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 28.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.25178, -77.95080   (decimal degrees)
34°15'06" N, 77°57'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/228262/3794014 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Castle Hayne
Inventory numbers
NC 1290011 (North Carolina bridge number)
BH 23296 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2014)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 62.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
22,000

Update Log 

  • November 21, 2016: New Street View added by Ryan Freeland
  • January 19, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • January 16, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • December 1, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • March 10, 2010: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: Added Street View
  • April 17, 2009: New photo from Matthew Ridpath
  • March 31, 2009: New photo from Matthew Ridpath
  • December 7, 2008: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: Added Route

Sources 

  • Matthew Ridpath
  • Douglas Butler
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ryan Freeland - ryan [dot] freeland1980 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Isabel Holmes Bridge
Posted August 7, 2017, by Doug Shaw (Douglasashaw [at] bigpond [dot] com)

This bridge was also in another Stephen King movie, Cat's Eye. James Woods' character is stuck in traffic waiting for the bridge to close. He is trying to quit smoking but gets stressed and sneaks in a puff of an old cigarette, with serious consequences, if you're familiar with the story.

Isabel Holmes Bridge
Posted July 20, 2010, by Joy krueger (Joykrueger [at] gmail [dot] com)

I bought a painting of a woman called Isabella of the Cape Fear. It is from the late 1800's.? I am researching the provenance of this painting if you can assist. Thanks.

Isabel Holmes Bridge
Posted July 10, 2010, by Anonymous

This is the bridge that was at the beginning of the movie Maximum Overdrive by Stephen King

Isabel Holmes Bridge
Posted January 29, 2010, by Jim King (king28401 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Who and why was the bridge named Isabel Holmes Bridge. Trying to settle a debate.

Thank you.

Isabel Holmes Bridge
Posted April 23, 2009, by Matthew Ridpath

There is really nothing historic about this structure and it is actually quite ugly when you look at it. However, the Warren trusses used as floor beams are somewhat interesting. It replaced a 1920s bascule bridge that had deck truss approaches.

Cape Fear River US 117 Bridge
Posted August 23, 2007, by Tom Staley (thomass [at] nc [dot] rr [dot] com)

US 117 was rerouted to the east side of Wilmington, North Carolina. So only NC 133 goes over this bridge.

This picture was taken June 17, 2007 from the CSX Bridge.