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Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Elaine Deutsch

Bridge Documented: July 2015

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
US-76, US-421, and US-17 Over Cape Fear River
Location
Wilmington: New Hanover County, North Carolina and Brunswick County, North Carolina: United States
Structure Type
Metal 12 Panel Bolt-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Movable: Vertical Lift (Tower Drive) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1969 By Builder/Contractor: Bowers Construction Company

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
408 Feet (124 Meters)
Structure Length
3,033 Feet (924 Meters)
Roadway Width
56 Feet (17.07 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 32 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
1290013

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Bridge Documentation

Although built in 1969, this bridge is significant as the only known vertical lift bridge in North Carolina. The bridge can be raised 135 feet. The towers rise 160 feet above the river. A company in North Carolina called Bowers Construction Company appears to have been involved with the construction of the bridge, perhaps the substructure. A crane with that name appears in a historical photo. The bridge was considered a "high-level" bridge even though it has a lift span. This is because the previous bridges in the area were bascule bridges that were much lower and have to open for more boats. The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is high enough above the water that smaller boats can pass under the bridge without having to raise the lift span.

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