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Erosion prompts closure of U.S. 701 bridge over Cape Fear River


The U.S. 701 bridge over the Cape Fear River in Elizabethtown was closed Saturday night for emergency repairs, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

A fast-moving, swollen river after recent rainfall has eroded the concrete wing wall on the south end of the bridge, according to a DOT news release.

A DOT employee noticed the erosion Saturday, prompting the closure as a safety precaution.

The 30-mile detour is sending drivers onto N.C. 53 into White Oak, Tarheel Ferry Road, River Road and N.C. 87.

DOT began repairs Saturday night, including building a coffer dam around the wing wall and pouring concrete. The bridge should reopen by Tuesday, DOT said.

A DOT contractor is constructing a new four-lane U.S. 701 bridge over the Cape Fear River that is scheduled to be completed by May 2024, DOT says.

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