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The N.C. Department of transportation announced Monday morning that Elwell Ferry will be closed through March 31 at 5 p.m. because of mechanical problems.

The cable-operated ferry crosses the Cape Fear River and connects N.C. 87 and N.C. 53 connecting Carvers Creek and Kelly. It’s located at 2700 Elwell Ferry Road.

Other road-related announcements for Bladen County include:

• A portion of State Road 1003 (Twisted Hickory) closed Monday, March 27 for crossline repair south of Autry Road at Mile Point 6.19 and Mile Point 6.28. The road is expected to reopen Monday, April 10.

• US 701N: Both lanes of the northbound side over the Cape Fear River are closed. Traffic is being rerouted to the southbound lanes. The closure has a wide load traffic restriction.

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