August 5, 2013
Construction will close two lanes
of Wright Bridge for eight months
North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded a $6.3 million
contract to G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. of York, Pa., for a
preservation project on the westbound Wright Memorial Bridge over the
Currituck Sound on U.S. 158 at the Currituck and Dare County line. The
project will begin this fall to avoid impacts to summer traffic.
project includes plans to replace the existing concrete on the bridge
deck with a layer of latex-modified concrete that will provide a smooth
riding surface. In addition to this work, expansion joints, which
enable a bridge to expand and contract with the weather, will have
their seals replaced during the project.
The westbound bridge will be closed during the project with traffic in a two-lane, two-way pattern on the eastbound bridge.
Work can begin as early as Sept. 15, with the bridge reopening to traffic by May 15, 2014.
of the nature of the preservation work involved in this project, work
involving the latex-modified concrete overlay will be done only when
air temperatures are between 50 and 85 degrees, surface temperatures
are between 40 and 85 degrees, and wind speeds are no greater than 10
miles per hour.
This project is part of the department’s overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state’s bridges.
is one of 29 contracts totaling $107.5 million awarded by NCDOT in June
for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded
the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids
received on the projects awarded came in about 9.1 percent, or $10.7
million, below NCDOT estimates.
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