March 7, 2013
U.S. 64 will be closed at Alligator River from April 2-14
Monday, March 18, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will
begin rehabilitating the existing drawbridge on U.S. 64 over the
Alligator River in Tyrrell and Dare counties.
will begin with intermittent lane closures Monday, March 18, through
Monday, April 1, as crews perform preparation work. During the lane
closure motorists will be in a one-lane, one-way pattern crossing the
bridge, controlled by flaggers.
The bridge will be closed
to all traffic from Tuesday, April 2, through Sunday, April 14, as
crews swing the bridge into the open position, raise it up with
supports, secure both ends, and replace several mechanical parts. This
bridge, which was built in 1960, opens more than 500 times each month.
of the amount of use, the mechanical components of the bridge are worn
and rehabilitation work is being performed in an effort to prevent
future closures to the bridge.
During the closure,
motorists will use the signed 90-mile detour route. Motorists
traveling from Columbia should follow N.C. 94 South to U.S. 264 East to
U.S. 64. Motorists traveling from Dare County should follow U.S. 264
West to N.C. 94 North to U.S. 64.
Public transit service
will be provided during the bridge closure. NCDOT is working with the
Inter-County Public Transit Authority and Hyde County Transit to
provide transit options and will announce the details as soon as plans
The $489,500 contract was awarded to PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. of Tampa, Fl.
For additional information about the Alligator River Bridge rehabilitation project, please visit http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/US64AlligatorRiverBridge/.
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