Cape Fear Skyway

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Cape Fear Skyway
Coordinates 34°10′N 77°57′W / 34.17°N 77.95°W / 34.17; -77.95Coordinates: 34°10′N 77°57′W / 34.17°N 77.95°W / 34.17; -77.95
Carries I‑140 / US 117
Crosses Cape Fear River
Clearance below 225 feet

The Cape Fear Skyway (also called the Cape Fear Crossing) is a proposed limited access toll road and bridge to be built in North Carolina, United States, that would pass through portions of New Hanover and Brunswick counties.


The proposed 9.5-mile (15.3 km) route connects the south-end of Wilmington to Brunswick County, by crossing over the Cape Fear River. It will have a clearance of 225 ft (68.5 m) to allow large tankers or cruise ships to pass underneath and will most likely be a cable-stayed bridge; if it is, it will be one of the largest in the world.[citation needed] On the deck of the bridge, it will support a maximum of 6 lanes across. The road extension will begin at Independence Blvd and extend to the proposed southern extension of Interstate 140. It is a $555 million to $1.18 billion USD project (final costs to be determined during the design phase, according to the North Carolina Turnpike Authority) that would have begun sometime after 2015.[1]

In May 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly rescinded the project's authorization.[2] However, NCDOT states that planning and environmental studies are funded in the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Plan.[3]

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