Umstead Bridge closed for repairs over second half of September

By on September 6, 2018

The bridge is known for the purple martins that roost each summer. (file photo)

The N.C. Department of Transportation will close the William B. Umstead Bridge, also called the Old Manns Harbor Bridge, between 6 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 and noon on Saturday, Sept. 29.

During the closure, workers will be making concrete and metal repairs in order to replace an expansion joint at the eastern end of the bridge.

In addition, the closure will accommodate participants in the Outer Banks Triathlon on Sept. 15-16 and the Outer Banks Cycle Race on Sept. 29.

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While the bridge is closed, motorists will still be able to cross Croatan Sound between Roanoke Island and the Dare County mainland via the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge.

“NCDOT is making every effort to schedule the work and the closure to minimize summertime and holiday travel impacts,” said highway department spokesperson Tim Hass.

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