RALEIGH – Beginning Wednesday, March 14,
the North Carolina Department of Transportation will close the Alligator River
Bridge between Tyrrell and Dare counties for one week. The closure will allow
crews to complete major renovation work on the bridge’s swing-span
The bridge will be closed to all vehicle traffic at 12:01 a.m. on
Wednesday, March 14 and is expected to reopen by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March
20. The drawbridge will also be closed to boat navigation. During the closure,
crews will complete the electrical and mechanical swing span repairs that were
started during the previous bridge closure Jan. 10-17.
The work is part of an extensive renovation project designed to
extend the life of the 58-year-old bridge. The $16.7 million contract was
awarded to Flatiron Constructors of Morrisville, NC back in March 2017.
During the closure, NCDOT will have detour signage and variable
message signs in place to guide motorists through the following detour
- Motorists traveling east from Columbia should use N.C. 94 South to
U.S. 264 East to U.S. 64.
- Motorists traveling west from Dare County to Columbia should use
U.S. 264 West to N.C. 94 North to U.S. 64.
- Motorists traveling to the Outer Banks from areas west of
Williamston should use U.S. 17 North to U.S. 158 East.
- Motorists traveling from the Outer Banks to points west of
Williamston should use U.S. 158 West to U.S. 17 South to U.S. 64 West.
No additional bridge closures are expected during the renovation
Contact: Tim Hass