RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation will close two or more lanes of the Wrightsville Beach Drawbridge on U.S. 74/76 from Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 to mid-March, 2013, for a bridge rehabilitation project.
All lanes of the bridge that crosses the Intracoastal Waterway between Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach will be closed overnight on approximately 12 occasions from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. During these times, police officers will be stationed on either side of the bridge, with only emergency vehicles allowed across. The first overnight closure will take place at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, through 5 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4.
Additional overnight work will require closing three of the four lanes between 11:30 p.m. and 5 a.m., with eastbound and westbound drivers alternatively using a single lane. A temporary traffic signal will be installed to direct motorists across the 55-year-old drawbridge during these closures.
During daytime hours, two lanes will remain open to accommodate eastbound and westbound traffic. A stop sign is being installed at U.S. 74/West Salisbury Street near the Wildlife Boat Landing. After stopping, westbound drivers will merge onto U.S. 76, traveling west towards Wilmington.
The bridge rehabilitation project includes installation of a new steel grid floor, upgrades to the operator house, and replacement of motors, locks and other functioning elements.
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