NCDOT to Close Lanes on Wrightsville Beach Bridge for Repair Work Wednesday, September 19, 2012

RALEIGHThe 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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