May 14, 2015
N.C. Department of Transportation reopened westbound U.S. 158 over the
Wright Memorial Bridge at the Currituck and Dare County line to traffic
on Wednesday, May 14. All work on the bridge deck project is now
Westbound Wright Memorial Bridge reopens
NCDOT closed the bridge to traffic in September 2014
so that crews with G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. of York, Pa. could
finish a project that began in September 2013 that included replacing
the top portion of the existing concrete on the bridge deck with a
layer of latex-modified concrete to smooth out humps in each span of
the bridge and extend its service life. The project also included
replacing expansion joints, which enable the bridge to expand and
contract with the weather.
Work involving the latex-modified
concrete overlay was weather and wind dependent. It could be done only
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. Due to these restrictions, the
department had a limited window of time to complete the work in order
for it to be done in time to reopen the bridge by May 15, which was the
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.
travel information at any time, call 511,
visit the Traveler Services section of the NCDOT
website or follow NCDOT on
You can also access NCDOT
Mobile, a version of the NCDOT
website especially for mobile devices. Visit m.ncdot.gov from your
mobile browser. For information on alternate routes to take when
traveling to the Outer Banks, visit the Outer
Banks Visitors Bureau website.