Final week-long Alligator bridge closure starts Tuesday night

By on March 12, 2018

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

It’s closing time, part two, at the Lindsay C. Warren Bridge over the Alligator River, which will shut down to boats and vehicles starting Tuesday night just after midnight through Wednesday, Mar. 21 at 11:59 p.m.

The span that carries U.S. 64 between Dare and Tyrrell counties will be closed so crews can complete electrical and mechanical swing span repairs.

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

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Traffic was blocked for an extended period last month after the swing span could not be completely closed because of problems with the controller.

Crews had to use a workaround to turn the swing span 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 installed a few days later to help move the bridge faster, but it was not expected to operate at full speed until after this week’s work, Hass said.

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

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Hass said once the work this week 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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