NC DOT apologizes for Wilmington bridge closing problems

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina transportation engineer is apologizing for the lack of publicity about the closure of a bridge in Wilmington last weekend.

The closure of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge for cable replacement caused massive problems as traffic backed up for hours.

Transportation department engineer Jackson Provost says the agency will make sure residents have plenty of notice about the next major closure, coming Oct. 12. There are nighttime closures this week to prepare for the work.

Engineers are replacing cables used to raise and lower the drawbridge over the river.

Police spokeswoman Lucy Crockett says they had expected the bridge closure to begin Monday, not last Saturday.

There are only two bridges over the river in Wilmington. A bridge on Interstate 40 is several miles north of the city.
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