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Récord: 4828 m.
País: Estados Unidos
Localización: Manteo, Carolina del Norte
Descripción:The Wright Memorial Bridge, which is the unofficial welcome to the Outer Banks for a majority of vacationers, has had a long and interesting lifespan that runs parallel to the history of tourism on the OBX. Originally opened in the 1930s to accommodate a handful of adventurous vacationers, today the Wright Memorial Bridge carries millions of travelers every year across the Albemarle Sound, and serves as the first glimpse of Outer Banks saltwater to visitors who are eager to begin their beach vacation.
A relatively short route, (especially when companied to the neighboring 5.5 mile Virginia Dare Bridge which crosses across the Croatan Sound), this stretch is still considered one of the most scenic aspects of the drive for many long-time Outer Banks vacationers, with views spanning from the Currituck County Mainland to the Dare County town of Kitty Hawk. Dividing the two counties as well as serving as the approximate borders for the Albemarle and Currituck Sounds, the Wright Memorial Bridge is indeed a geographically important gateway, heralding the departure from the mainland and the official arrival to the barrier islands of the Outer Banks.
Wright Memorial Bridge to get $6.3M upgrade
Posted: Aug 02, 2013 5:46 PM EDT Updated: Aug 23, 2013 By WNCT STAFF
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.
Wright Bridge span has reopened in Outer Banks
By Jeff Hampton
© May 15, 2014
KITTY HAWK, N.C.
The westbound lanes of the Wright Memorial Bridge reopened Wednesday in time for tourist season.
Contractors began work on the $6.3 million project in September to grind down humps in the bridge and repave it with a latex-modified concrete. The work is about two-thirds finished, said Jennifer Garifo, spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
A wet, cold and windy winter slowed the contractors, she said.
Crews will restart the project in September after the tourist season, when traffic can back up for miles on Saturdays, even when both bridge spans are open.
Before the leveling work, travelers felt pronounced bumps at each span connection. Large trucks pounded the structure with every bounce. Highway engineers feared the bumps would shorten the life of the bridge.
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