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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
$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.
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