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Cape Fear Memorial Lift Bridge Rehabilitation

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The Cape Fear Memorial Lift Bridge is a 3,033-ft four-lane highway bridge featuring a 408-ft lift span that provides 135 feet of vertical clearance above the navigation channel when in the raised position. As part of a Structures Management Unit On-Call Contract, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) tasked Modjeski and Masters (M&M) to perform a comprehensive rehabilitation of the lift span and its fixed approach spans to address defects identified regularly during routine bridge inspections, and to generally upgrade the facility. M&M provided project management along with final structural, mechanical, and electrical design services. Specific services included: structural steel repairs on lift span and fixed approach steel spans; replacement of open grid deck on lift span; replacement of median barrier; structural repairs on fixed approach span girders, deck, and abutments; replacement of deck joints on the fixed approach spans; various mechanical and electrical equipment upgrades; and other services. This latest project continues M&M’s history of working on this bridge which has included a comprehensive electrical system rehabilitation, inspections, and gusset plate analysis. M&M also provided engineering support services during the construction phase of the project. 


Bridge Geometry
Length of Main Span 408 feet
Total Project Length 3,033 feet (total bridge length)
Features on Structure Four lanes