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From the archives: In 1967, avoiding a 'war' to finish a vital Wilmington bridge

Owen Hassell
Wilmington StarNews

The latest work on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge finished weeks ahead of schedule.

Nearly 60 years ago, officials believed the bridge's initial construction would also finish well before its deadline.

According to the June 9, 1967, Wilmington Morning Star, work on building what was then known as the Cape Fear Bridge was ahead of schedule by a month. The district highway commissioner said if nothing happens "like a war" then the bridge would be scheduled for completion by May of 1969.

While the Vietnam War was ongoing, no new conflict happened. Even so, the span didn't make the May expectation but instead opened on Oct. 20, 1969.

Progress is seen on a Wilmington-side tower of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in 1967. [NEW HANOVER COUNTY LIBRARY/STARNEWS IMAGE ARCHIVE]

Other considerations in 1967 were "careful bidding" that saved taxpayers $1 million, which "is a lot of money these days." The total cost was estimated between $16-18 million, but the final tally came in at $16 million.

At the dedication, master of ceremonies Sen. J.J. Burney Jr. of New Hanover County told the crowd assembled on the on-ramp, 中出少妇视频淲e are now sitting on $16 million. I heard one man say this is the only bridge in North Carolina that a car will have to wipe its tires before crossing.中出少妇视频