Final week-long closure of Alligator bridge set for Mar. 14-21

By on February 9, 2018

The bridge is six-decades old. (Coastal Review Online)

The second, and final, week-long closure of the Lindsay C. Warren Bridge over the Alligator River has been scheduled from 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 14 through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday Mar. 21.

The span that carries U.S. 64 between Dare and Tyrrell counties will be shut down to both vehicles and boat navigation, so crews can complete electrical and mechanical swing span repairs.

A temporary control system was installed as part of electrical and mechanical work conducted during the week-long closure in January.

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Traffic was blocked for over four hours last Saturday, after the swing span could not be completely closed because of problems that developed with the controller.

Crews had to utilize a workaround so the swing span can turn and let vessels through, which also meant openings take longer than normal, according to N.C. Department of Transportation spokesperson Tim Hass.

“When a barge has to come through we have to open the bridge much earlier, and it will take much longer to close,” Hass said.

New hydraulic equipment was scheduled for installation this past week to help move the bridge faster, but it will not be back to full speed until after the work in March, Hass said.

The draw underwent renovations in spring 2013 during a closure that lasted two weeks.

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Once the work scheduled for next month is complete, no additional bridge closures are expected during the project.

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 back in March 2017.

During the closure, NCDOT will have detour signage and variable message signs in place to guide motorists on routes that can add up to 90 minutes to a trip between Nags Head and I-95.

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Comments

  • Carter McKay

    It’s ridiculous that in the modern age, we allow commerce to be held hostage by a dilapidated, functionally obsolete bridge! It’s unacceptable and any businesses suffering loss of revenue and/or increased cost as a result of the shutdown should lawyer up!

    Saturday, Feb 10 @ 8:34 am
  • Happy Jack

    That’s one of the things wrong with people now. The first damn thing they want to do about anything that they don’t like or cant understand, is “lawyer up”!

    Monday, Feb 12 @ 8:02 am

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