Work will began Monday, September 16 on a project to improve and expand the life of the westbound U.S. 158 Wright Memorial Bridge over the Currituck Sound at the Currituck and Dare County line.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has closed the westbound bridge and shift all traffic onto the U.S. 158 East bridge in a two-lane, two-way pattern. The westbound bridge will reopen no later than May 15, 2014.
This closure will 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, expansion joints, which enable a bridge to expand and contract with the weather, will have their seals replaced during the project.
The shift will begin for westbound traffic just before the intersection of U.S. 158 and S. 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 eastbound bridge. 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.
Should 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.
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