TRAFFIC ALERT: Trash truck damages Smith Creek Bridge in Castle Hayne
By WECT Staff | May 21, 2021 at 10:30 AM EDT – Updated May 21 at 2:01 PM
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) – The NCDOT has temporarily closed the Smith Creek Bridge in New Hanover County after a trash truck struck the bridge Friday morning.
According to a spokesperson for the Wilmington Police Department, the trash truck left its arms extended which struck and damaged the bridge’s steel support beams.
Smith Creek Bridge was damaged by a trash truck earlier this morning. DOT has closed down the bridge indefinitely in both directions. Please find alternate routes.
— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) May 21, 2021
The bridge will remain closed until an inspection team with the NCDOT can assess the bridge, which likely won’t happen until Monday, a spokesperson for the agency said. A timetable for completing repairs should become clear by next week.
Drivers should use N.C. 133 and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway (U.S. 74) until the bridge can be safely reopened.
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