Wright Memorial Bridge reopens – but it’s only temporary

DARE COUNTY, N.C. — After closing last September, the westbound Wright Memorial Bridge on U.S. 158 over the Currituck Sound at the Currituck and Dare County line reopened to traffic on Wednesday morning.

According to WTKR, NCDOT 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.

In addition to this work, crews also worked on replacing expansion joints, which enable a bridge to expand and contract with the weather.

The bridge will close again in September so crews can finish work on the remaining one-third of the bridge. The bridge will open again on May 15, 2015.

This project is part of the department’s overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state’s bridges.

2 comments

  • its my business

    We all know the bridges, once “fixed” or repaird, need to set a while… Between this and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Va catastrophe that just happended – it reinforces my suggestions to friends that are driving with me – get out nd take over when a big bridge is coming – I can’t drive acos that. Brings beck memories of the Outer Banks, LA and above all the Big Sur Beidge. The latter of which I did myslef 6 times. The truck flying off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Va – all accounts considered just solidifies my panic of driving across bridges or clover leafs like you see in any large city. Funny, tunnels underw water don’t bother me. Go figure.

  • its my business

    Fixing typos – new computer -sorry, they keys aren’t where they use to be on my old computer.

    We all know the bridges, once “fixed” or repaird, need to set a while… Between this and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Va catastrophe that just happended – it reinforces my suggestions to friends that are driving with me – get out and take over when a big bridge is coming – I can’t drive acoss that. Brings beck memories of the Outer Banks, LA and above all the Big Sur Bridge. The latter of which I did myself 6 times. The truck flying off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Va – all accounts considered just solidifies my panic of driving across bridges or clover leafs like you see in any large city. Funny, tunnels under water don’t bother me. Go figure.

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