Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

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Cape Fear Memorial Bridge
Cape Fear Memorial Bridge2.JPG
Official name Cape Fear Memorial Bridge
Carries
US 17 Bus. / US 76 / US 421
Crosses Cape Fear River
Locale Wilmington, North Carolina
Maintained by North Carolina Department of Transportation
Design Vertical lift bridge
Total length 924.5 m (3,033 ft)
Width 16.5 m (54 ft)
Longest span 408 feet (124 m)[1]
Load limit 46.8 tonnes
Clearance below 21 m (69 ft)
Opened October 1, 1969; 45 years ago (1969-10-01)
Coordinates 34°13′41″N 77°57′08″W / 34.2280°N 77.9521°W / 34.2280; -77.9521Coordinates: 34°13′41″N 77°57′08″W / 34.2280°N 77.9521°W / 34.2280; -77.9521

The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is a steel vertical-lift bridge in North Carolina. It carries US 17 Business/US 76/US 421 across the Cape Fear River between Brunswick County and New Hanover County. It also carried U.S. Route 74 until that designation was shifted to the Isabel S. Holmes Bridge. It is currently the highest bridge in North Carolina and features a lift span that can be raised 135 feet (41 m).[2] The lift span is 408 feet (124 m) long.[1]

Location of the bridge within Wilmington.
The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge shot from below Surrey Street.

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  1. ^ a b Barefoot, Daniel W. (1995). Touring the Backroads of North Carolina's Lower Coast. John F. Blair. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-89587-126-8. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ State Bridge Records Accessed June 30, 2006.

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