Traffic on U.S. 421 across the Cape Fear River from Wilmington will have less room to maneuver during evening hours over the next year or so.
Resurfacing work on the Thomas Rhodes Bridge, which crosses the river across from the Wilmington waterfront, has started and will continue nightly through next fall, according to a notice from the N.C. Department of Transportation.
The work will require lane closures in both directions from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night, weather permitting. The closures have started with the inside lanes on the bridge, which carries traffic beside the Battleship North Carolina between the Isabel Holmes Bridge and the causeway between Wilmington and Leland.
Work on the causeway, which carries U.S. 17-74-76 across Eagles Island and the Brunswick River, is scheduled to start in February 2014. DOT plans to widen the currently four-lane causeway to a six-lane divided highway between U.S. 421 and N.C. 133 in Leland. The project will include replacement of bridges that carry the busy highway over the water.