Update Dec. 18: The Interstate 140 resurfacing project will not begin until all lane closures associated with the upcoming preservation project on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge are complete, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said Monday.
The agency announced Dec. 13 that resurfacing I-140 could have began early next year. However, state transportation officials have decided the project should only begin after the bridge preservation is complete, ensuring people can travel in the area more efficiently.
Weather and material dependent, the eastbound lanes on the bridge heading into Wilmington will close as early as Jan. 3. The westbound lanes will remain open to traffic. During this closure, those wanting to drive into Wilmington will detour to take the Isabel Holmes Bridge to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to College Road, officials said.
A nearly $10 million contract has been awarded to a Fayetteville company to repair a stretch of Interstate 140 near Leland.
North Carolina Department of Transportation officials announced Wednesday that the $9.6 million contract was awarded this month to Fayetteville’s Highland Paving Co. The firm is to mill and resurface 5 miles of the interstate that bypasses Wilmington.
The contract includes preservation work to several bridges along this stretch, such as replacing expansion joints, sealing cracks and applying a surface treatment to the concrete driving decks.
The contractor can begin early next year, and will have until summer 2025 to complete the work.