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Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

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Photo taken by Matthew Ridpath

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BH Photo #137206

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Overview
Vertical lift bridge over Cape Fear River on US 76/421 in Wilmington
Location
Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, and Brunswick County, North Carolina
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1969
Design
Vertical lift with a polygonal Warren truss main span and stringer approaches
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 408.2 ft.
Total length: 3,033.3 ft. (0.6 mi.)
Deck width: 54.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.22738, -77.95212   (decimal degrees)
34°13'39" N, 77°57'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/228062/3791310 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wilmington
Inventory numbers
NC 1290013 (North Carolina bridge number)
BH 23297 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2016)
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: 44.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
46,000

Update Log 

  • March 23, 2017: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • December 11, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • August 30, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • July 26, 2011: New Street View added by Irma Hale
  • March 10, 2010: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: Added Street View
  • April 23, 2009: Updated by Matthew Ridpath
  • April 17, 2009: New photos from Matthew Ridpath
  • February 4, 2009: New photos from Matthew Ridpath
  • December 7, 2008: Updated by Matthew Ridpath

Sources 

  • Matthew Ridpath
  • Wikipedia
  • Douglas Butler
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge
Posted November 15, 2010, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Any idea who built this bridge? The Fulton Street Bridge (lost) in Louisiana was identical to this one (albeit totally rusted brown as I recall).

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge
Posted November 15, 2010, by Wilmington fan (jamesrpearl [at] hotmail [dot] com)

To Captain Barnhill,

I found this on starnewsonline.com regarding the "Memorial" in the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.

“This majestic structure … will henceforth serve to honor the memory of the heroic men and women of North Carolina who gave their lives in the service of the United States of America.”

You give a great boat tour!

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge
Posted July 19, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I found information about this bridge on Wikipedia and a few other sites, but nothing told about what it was a memorial for. I would recommend contacting the Wilmington Historical Society and see if they can find the answer.

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge
Posted July 19, 2010, by Robert Barnhill (rbarnhill [at] ec [dot] rr [dot] com)

I captain one of the tour boats on the Cape Fear and a part of the narration is mention of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and the type of bridge that it is.

Yesterday I was asked what was the bridge a memorial to?

Can you help?

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge
Posted March 9, 2010, by Don O. (dotassoc1 [at] aol [dot] com)

When will the painting of this bridge begin with the closing of the inbound and outbound lanes?

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge
Posted April 23, 2009, by Matthew Ridpath

US 74 and 17 no longer go over this bridge. US 74 has been placed on a semi-freeway bypass of downtown, and goes over the Isabel Holmes Bridge. US 17 has been placed on the Outer Loop well away from the city. The main span of this bridge is the longest in North Carolina.

Cape Fear River Bridge
Posted June 17, 2007, by Tom S. (thomass [at] nc [dot] rr [dot] com)

Photo taken June 16, 2007 from HENRIETTA III river boat.