May 14, 2014
Westbound lanes of Wright
Memorial Bridge now open
After closing in September, the westbound Wright Memorial Bridge on U.S. 158 over the Currituck Sound at the Currituck and Dare County line will reopen to traffic this morning.
The N.C. Department of Transportation
is currently in the process of opening the westbound bridge. Once the
bridge is open, crews will then work on removing the temporary
two-lane, two-way traffic pattern on the eastbound bridge and restoring
the bridge to its normal traffic pattern. Both bridges are expected to
be back to their regular traffic patterns by the end of the day today,
closed the westbound bridge on September 16, 2013, to 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.
addition to this work, crews also worked on replacing expansion joints,
which enable a bridge to expand and contract with the weather.
Crews were able to complete work on two-thirds of the bridge.
the project contract, the bridge will close again in September and
crews will have until May 15, 2015, to finish work on the remaining
one-third of the bridge.
$6.3 million contract was awarded in June 2013 for this preservation
project, which also eliminates 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 could only be done when air
temperatures were between 50 and 85 degrees, surface temperatures were
between 40 and 85 degrees, and wind speeds were no greater than 10
miles per hour.
project is part of the department’s overall bridge program to improve
the condition of the state’s bridges. Investments in the transportation
infrastructure provide better access and support economic growth across