Pro Volleyball Hits The OBX!

Pro players spike the OBX!

Saturday on the Outer Banks was a perfect day for beach volleyball, and the EVP tour had it’s share of players trying to win top prize money and claim the Outer Banks Championship title.
EVP Pro Volleyball players in Action at Jeannette’s Pier
The Outer Banks weather cooperated perfectly, with blue skies and sunshine and a breeze out of the north.  While it was very comfortable on the sidelines sitting in the sun, the players were still commenting on how hot it was getting on the court during play.  Jeannette’s Pier was a great venue to hold this event with the pier house shielding some of the northern winds, and it gave some of the pier goers a chance to watch some top level volleyball while they fished or walked around the venue. It took all day, the first games started at 8 am with nearly 20 nets set up lining their way down the beach.  By late afternoon, they were down to two teams of ladies and two teams of men playing for the title. While the Men’s Open Division had a handful of local teams trying to get on the podium, it was the 16 and under girls that came out in force.  This was their opportunity to play in a local tournament and it appeared that most of the younger girls coaches encouraged them to test their skills at this golden opportunity.  Thanks to the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau for bringing this event back to the Nags Head for the second year in a row, and a big kudos to all the men and women who traveled and competed in the event.  What a great reason to spend the day on the beach with friends and watch some great competition! Courtesy of Guest Blogger  Bill Koebernick

Wright Memorial Bridge Open to Traffic Again

This Wednesday morning brought good news for Outer Banks commuters as the west bound lanes of the Wright Memorial Bridge was re-opened to traffic this morning just in time for the morning commute! READ MORE

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