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alligator river bridge to close 1/10-1/16

Traffic will be detoured to N.C. 94, U.S. 264, U.S. 17, and U.S. 158.

In need of extensive repairs, the Alligator River Bridge will close for a week in January. Detours will add substantial drive time to anyone traveling from the Outer Banks to Columbia or Williamston. According to NCDOT the closure will last one week.

Full text of NCDOT press release below:

Map showing NCDOT detour routes when the Alligator River Bridge closes.

Map showing NCDOT detour routes when the Alligator River Bridge closes.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close the Alligator River Bridge between Tyrrell and Dare counties to all vehicle traffic and boat navigation for one week in January. The closure will be in place from 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10 through Tuesday, Jan. 16.

It will allow crews to perform major renovation work on the bridge’s swing-span drawbridge. Workers will be repairing and replacing electrical and mechanical components located beneath the bridge’s swing span.

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 routes:

  • 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.

The project will require another week-long closure for the bridge in March 2018. The dates for that closure have not been determined at this time.

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

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