Wright Memorial Bridge To Close for 8 Months

It was announced this week that access to and from the Outer Banks will be more difficult this winter.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced in a press release this week one of the two bridges that serves as the main connection to the Outer Banks will be closed for a period of 8 months beginning in Mid-September of this year and continuing until Mid-May of 2014.
Traffic headed onto the Outer Banks on the W.M. Bridge
The westbound bridge which provides two lanes of outgoing traffic will be shut down beginning September 15th and the 2nd bridge will be converted to allow one way traffic in each direction during the repair process.   The N.C.D.O.T. has awarded a $6.3 million contract to G.A & F. C Wagman, Inc of York, Pa to repair the bridge, which crosses the Currituck sound and is the only way off of the northern Outer Banks. Plans are to replace the sagging pavement with a layer of latex-modified concrete that the highway department says will smooth out the riding surface.  In addition, seals will be replaced in joints that allow the bridge to expand and contract with the weather. Since the bridge opened in the early 1990’s a series of dips on the deck of the heavily traveled span has made for bouncy, and potentially dangerous, driving for motorists heading west between the Outer Banks and mainland Currituck County. Weather conditions will play a large role in the placement of the new pavement as the statement released by the D.O.T. indicated that air temperatures must be between 50 and 85 degrees with surface temperatures between 40 and 85 degrees.  Wind speeds cannot be more than 10 MPH during the process.
The Bridge on the Left will be closed for 8 months
There was no comment in the news release related to potential evacuations that may be called due to hurricanes. The contract is one of 29 contracts that total $107.5 million which were awarded in June for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina, the statement said. By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services

OBX July 4th 2013 Firework & Parade Information

Going on vacation the week of July 4th this year?  It is going to be amazing, and the memories will last a lifetime!       

The Outer Banks is the place to be this July 4th!  The morning begins with an exciting parade in the heart of Duck, NC.  Get there early, park, and walk to get a Duck Donut and have your beach buckets ready for candy & goodies!  If you are staying in Duck, just pack up the stroller or wagon and make your way to the perfect spot for your family!  The parade is followed by a day of celebration together with live music and refreshments.  READ MORE