Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

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Cape Fear Memorial Bridge
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Coordinates34°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
Carries US 17 / US 76 / US 421
CrossesCape Fear River
LocaleWilmington, North Carolina
Official nameCape Fear Memorial Bridge
Maintained byNorth Carolina Department of Transportation
DesignVertical lift bridge
Total length924.5 m (3,033 ft)
Width16.5 m (54 ft) (4 lanes)
Longest span408 feet (124 m)[1]
Load limit46.8 tonnes
Clearance below21 m (69 ft)
OpenedOctober 1, 1969; 49 years ago (1969-10-01)
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The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is a steel vertical-lift bridge in North Carolina. It carries US 17/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 features a lift span that can be raised 135 feet (41 m).[2] The lift span is 408 feet (124 m) long.[1]



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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 Archived July 9, 2006, at the Wayback Machine Accessed June 30, 2006.

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