Wilmington - The Department of Transportation will intermittently close one lane in each direction on the Wrightsville Beach Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway on Tuesday, July 12. The closures, originally scheduled to start June 27, but postponed due to anticipated holiday traffic, are necessary for crews to perform routine inspections as part of the biannual inspection process.
The closures will begin early Tuesday morning and should be completed by the end of the day. Although there will not be any detours, drivers are urged to seek alternate routes. Motorists are also advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect possible delays. The Department of Transportation reminds motorists to stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
The Federal Highway Administration requires all bridges to be inspected once every two years. Regular inspections help the department identify whether a bridge needs maintenance and repair, then schedule them accordingly. If inspectors find a safety concern, the bridge will be repaired or closed immediately until the repairs can be made. If necessary, weight restrictions will be placed on a bridge. The department will not keep a bridge open if it is determined to be unsafe.
NCDOT's bridge program targets structures that need rehabilitation or replacement across the state. Governor McCrory's budget for 2016 - 2017 increases repair and replacement funding for bridges by 58 percent, totaling $242 million.
For more information on bridge inspections, including definitions of terms and how inspections work, please visit the North Carolina Bridge Information web page.
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