NAGS HEAD – The N.C. Department of Transportation has removed all public access to its catwalk at the north side of the Melvin Daniels Bridge on U.S. 64 due to safety issues for both pedestrians and motorists.
The bridge, known locally as the “Little Bridge”, had become a popular spot for fishermen on the Outer Banks. However, despite the installation of a crosswalk and flashing signage, the area had become the site of numerous recent vehicle crashes.
“Safety is and will always be NCDOT’s number one priority,” said Sterling Baker, Division One Engineer. “The department invested significant time and effort into trying to find a solution that would provide an acceptable amount of safety to both motorists and pedestrians. Unfortunately, no other workable solution was found.”
NCDOT has already installed fencing and signage indicating the area is closed to the public. Crews will also be removing the crosswalk and flashing signal at the site and installing “no parking” signs on the north side of the highway.
In addition, the speed limit on U.S. 64 will be reduced from 50 to 45 miles per hour from the Nags Head town limits to Whalebone Junction.