September 9, 2014

Work to resume Sept. 15 on
westbound Wright Memorial Bridge

Starting next week, traffic crossing the Currituck Sound on U.S. 158 will once again be reduced to one lane in each direction through May 2015. Crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation and G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. of York, Pa., will close the westbound Wright Memorial Bridge at the Currituck and Dare county line and shift traffic onto the U.S. 158 East bridge in a two-lane, two-way pattern with eastbound traffic.

The closure, which will take place on Monday, Sept. 15, will allow crews to finish a project that began last September and included replacing 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 extend the service life of the bridge. 

The project also includes replacing expansion joints, which enable the bridge to expand and contract with the weather. The project contract gives crews until May 15, 2015, to complete work and open the westbound bridge to traffic.

Work involving the latex-modified concrete overlay can 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. Crews were able to complete deck work on two-thirds of the bridge before reopening it in May to accommodate increased seasonal traffic.

The shift will begin for westbound traffic just before the intersection of U.S. 158 and South 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.

Should 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.

A $6.3 million contract was awarded to G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. in June 2013 for this preservation project, which is part of the department’s overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state’s bridges. Investments in transportation infrastructure provide better access and support economic growth across the state.

Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

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