Alligator River Bridge Update
Travelers on the Lindsay C. Warren Bridge over the Alligator River should expect draw openings to take longer than normal, and allow for extra travel time between Columbia and Manns Harbor. Check the status on-line when traveling that direction.
Following problems with a temporary control system over the weekend on the six decades-old bridge that carries U.S. 64 between Dare and Tyrrell counties, crews had to utilize a workaround so the swing span can turn and let vessels through.
“That means the draw has to turn much slower than normal,” said 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.
Traffic was blocked for over four hours back in early February, after the swing span could not be completely closed because of the controller issues, forcing travelers to take detours that can add up to 90 minutes to a trip between Nags Head and I-95.
New hydraulic equipment is scheduled to arrive Wednesday and take a couple of days to install, which should help increase the speed of the draw, according to Hass.
He said after the next week-long closure scheduled for sometime in March, the draw should be able to operate even faster.
The bridge is currently undergoing an extensive renovation project costing $16.7 million designed to extend the life of the 58-year-old, two-lane span.
Crews repaired and replaced electrical and mechanical components located beneath the bridge’s swing span during a full week closure in January.
Remote-programmable signs will remain in place to alert travelers if the bridge is shutdown for an extended period in the future.