Alligator River Bridge closed due to mechanical issues

Published 3:09 pm Thursday, January 31, 2019

UPDATE: Bridge now open. Alligator River Bridge reopens to vehicular traffic

The Alligator River Bridge on U.S. 64 between Tyrrell and Dare counties is currently closed to all traffic until further notice because of a failure in the swing span’s locking mechanisms. NCDOT made the announcement just after 2:30 p.m. today, January 31.

NCDOT crews are onsite to inspect the extent of the problem and determine a timeline for repairs.

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In the meantime, the following detours are in place:

  • 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.

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