Eastbound Wright Bridge to close through May for rehab

By on September 30, 2017

The original span opened in 1966.

The eastbound Wright Memorial Bridge will be closing for the off-season so that the half-century-old span between Currituck and Dare counties can be rehabilitated.

Beginning Monday, workers with the N.C. Department of Transportation and Flatiron Construction will begin the process of shifting U.S. 158 traffic onto the westbound span, which will be a two-lane, two-way pattern with a speed limit of 45 mph.

The latest work is part of an overall $21 million project to refurbish the Wright Memorial Bridge, and comes two years after the westbound span received a completely new road surface.

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Bad weather and the nature of the resurfacing on the westbound span, which opened in 1994, led to that project spanning the off-seasons of 2013-14 and 2014-15.

The eastbound rehabilitation and repairs are much less involved than the westbound project, which required a special concrete mixture and application process, according to the highway department.

The traffic shift will start for eastbound traffic near the intersection of U.S. 158 and Pine Grove Lane in Point Harbor and end near the intersection of U.S. 158 and Dogwood Trail in Kitty Hawk.

Traffic is scheduled to be restored to both sides of the bridge by May 14.

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