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Cape Fear Memorial Bridge shuts down for second weekend

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation shut down the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge for a second weekend, but most drivers said things were running smoother than they were two weeks ago.

"It's been pretty decent," said Leland resident Samantha Nobles. "It's a little backed up but that's to be expected when a bridge is shut down."  Those behind the wheel say it's not perfect, but it's definitely a smoother ride.

"Cars aren't stopped for as long," said Lucas Nathans. "Everyones not as angry, there were a lot of people honking last week."  Two weeks ago, the North Carolina Department of Transportation shut down the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge over the weekend, causing traffic to backup for hours.

"You couldn't go anywhere," said Nobles. "These streets were all grid locked and I was sitting on them for like 30 minutes just waiting," said Nathans.  Some drivers told us they ran out of gas, and a bride even said she was late to her own wedding.
     
To make sure history didn't repeat itself, the department of transportation made a lot of changes this time around.

"From our last closure we realized where most of our problems were and we re-worked the traffic pattern in those areas," said Wayne Currie with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Including adding more lanes both into and out of Wilmington and putting out more signs.

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