May 14, 2015

Westbound Wright Memorial Bridge reopens

The 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 complete.

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 project deadline.

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.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. You can also access NCDOT Mobile, a version of the NCDOT website especially for mobile devices. Visit from your mobile browser. For information on alternate routes to take when traveling to the Outer Banks, visit the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau website.

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