September 12, 2013
Westbound Wright Memorial Bridge
closures begin Monday, Sept. 16
will begin Sept. 16 on a project to improve and expand the life of the
westbound U.S. 158 Wright Memorial Bridge over the Currituck Sound at
the Currituck and Dare county line.
Starting Monday, Sept.
16, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close the westbound
bridge and shift all traffic onto the U.S. 158 East bridge in a
two-lane, two-way pattern. The westbound bridge will reopen no later
than May 15, 2014.
This closure will allow crews with G.A.
& F.C. Wagman Inc. of York, Pa., to replace the top portion of the
existing concrete on the bridge deck with a layer of latex-modified
concrete that will smooth out humps in each span of the bridge and
provide a better 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.
shift will begin for westbound traffic just before the intersection of
U.S. 158 and Sourth Dogwood Trail/Woods Road. Traffic will go from two
lanes down to one and will be shifted into the right lane of eastbound
U.S. 158 at the intersection with Martins Point Road/Barlow Lane,
creating the two-lane, two-way pattern that will continue across the
eastbound bridge. Once westbound traffic reaches the west side of the
sound, it will be shifted back into the westbound lanes of U.S. 158 at
the intersection with Holly Lane/Swan Circle.
million contract was awarded in June for this preservation project,
which will also eliminate conditions causing trucks and other large
vehicles to bounce and potentially damage the bridge. It will also
enhance repairs made to the bridge previously by increasing the amount
of concrete over the bridge’s steel structure.
of the nature of the materials used in this project, work involving the
latex-modified concrete overlay will only be done 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.
a hurricane or other severe storm impact this region of the state
requiring an evacuation, NCDOT will work closely with local emergency
management officials to coordinate appropriate routes, including using
U.S. 64 and the eastbound bridge on U.S. 158.
is part of the department’s overall bridge program to improve the
condition of the state’s bridges. Investments in our transportation
infrastructure provide better access and support economic growth across
If work is not completed by May of 2014, crews
will reopen the bridge to traffic with plans to close it again in
September 2014 to finish the project.
advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect
delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction
information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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