The following arrticle reprinted from http://www.wnct.com/story/23033942/wright-memorial-bridge-to-get-63m-upgrade.
Wright Memorial Bridge to get $6.3M upgrade
Posted: Aug 02, 2013 5:46 PM EDTUpdated: Aug 23, 2013 5:46 PM EDT By WNCT STAFF – email
MANTEO, N.C. -If you’re planning on visiting the Outer Banks in September, you may have to take a different route. The westbound lanes of the Wright Memorial Bridge from the Outer Banks are getting a $6.3 million upgrade. The NCDOT announced Friday that the bridge will be resurfaced with a latex-modified concrete, providing a smooth riding surface.
Because of the concrete being used, the repair can only take place when surface temperatures are between 40 and 85 degrees and wind speeds are less than 10 miles an hour. The two way traffic will be shifted to the eastbound bridge. Work will begin as early as September 15 and will reopen to traffic next May.
The Outer Banks Voice reported on Sept. 23, 2013, that traffic over the weekend was backed up for miles, raising concerns of evacuation in case of a hurricane.http://outerbanksvoice.com/2013/09/23/bridge-work-creates-headaches-for-tourist-turn-over-traffic/ Many of us don’t mind the slightly bumpy ride as it tends to keep travel at a safer speed on the bridge.
If you are traveling to the Outer Banks for a big event this Fall, it would be advisable to look at alternate routes that would bring you in by way of Highway 64 to Manteo.
Meanwhile, chunks of concrete have recently fallen off the Bonner Bridge – the only link to Hatteras Island. NCDOT reports on their website:
After 50 years of weathering many storms, enduring harsh current and sustaining numerous boat crashes, engineers say the bridge needs to be replaced. That necessary replacement project is on hold because of lawsuits, so the North Carolina Department of Transportation is pressing forward with costly repair work to keep the barrier island connected.