The Wilmington traffic nightmare that unfolded Friday afternoon into Saturday was epic:
(StarNews) – The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge closed Friday night amid miscommunication from the state Department of Transportation, catching thousands of frustrated motorists unaware and causing huge traffic snarls in Brunswick and New Hanover counties. By midmorning Saturday, cars were backed up as far as Magnolia Greens on U.S. 17.
And then there’s this fine nugget of information from Tammy Stewart, DOT spokesperson:
The Department of Transportation has 14 divisions, which funnel traffic and closure information to the communications department, which then disseminates that information to the public. Stewart was unclear where the breakdown in communication occurred, and was also unsure if Monday night’s scheduled closing would proceed as planned. ”There isn’t anything they’ve sent us,” she said. “I don’t know if wires got crossed or what – I don’t know.“
Not acceptable, completely unnecessary and costly! And, of course, nothing from an editorial perspective in the local print media.
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