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Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Archive
  • County: New Hanover
  • Type of Project: Bridge Rehabilitation
  • Start Date: Dec. 2011
  • Completion Date: Spring 2014
  • Estimated Cost: $7.95 million
Wrightsville Beach Bridge Rehabilitation Project


The North Carolina Department of Transportation is rehabilitating the bridge on U.S. 76/74 as you travel into Wrightsville Beach. The $5.7 million contract was awarded to American Bridge Company of Coraopolis, Pa. in November of 2011. Since the contract was awarded, an additional $2.25 million has been added to the project to rehabilitate the bridge deck and clean and paint the structure.

The project includes rehabilitation of the concrete bridge deck, replacing the steel grid deck, mechanical/electrical upgrades, and cleaning and painting the structure. In addition, the bridge control house will be upgraded.

The project is anticipated to be complete by spring 2014.

Latest News and Updates

On Sunday, March 9 at 11:30 p.m., the bridge will be closed to all traffic until 5 a.m. on Monday, March 10, weather permitting. The nightly closures will continue through 5 a.m. Thursday, March 13. During the closures, crews will be replacing and adjusting the center span locks.

General traffic will not be able to cross the bridge. Emergency vehicles will have access. Law enforcement officers will be stationed on each end of the bridge during the closures.

Once additional work is scheduled, a news release will be distributed to local media and the Town of Wrightsville Beach.

Project Highlights

Lane closure information:

  • In October, lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction so that deck work on the westbound side of the bridge can begin.
  • Some or all lanes of the Wrightsville Beach Bridge will be closed at various times during the project.
  • The Department will close the entire bridge overnight additional times before the project is completed in Spring 2014. These overnight closures will be scheduled to occur on Sunday through Thursday nights from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. These closures will not take place during major holidays. During the overnight closures, only emergency vehicles will be allowed to cross the bridge.

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Contact Information

Kerry Cross
Resident Engineer

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: 910-259-2119
  • Address: 401 N. Smith Street, Burgaw, NC 28425

Resources for Local Property Owners

In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.