UPDATE: U.S. 64 Bridge Back Open

A major route to the Outer Banks re-opened after extreme heat caused the The Alligator River Bridge just east of Columbia to malfunction and bring traffic to a standstill for about an hour.

U.S. 64 in Tyrrell County was closed at the bridge from about 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

U.S. 64 in Tyrrell County is closed at the Alligator River bridge, that's east of Columbia.

The D.O.T. says the swing span of the bridge is jammed due to the heat. A spokeswoman tells WITN News that joints in the swing mechanism expanded and now the bridge cannot safely close.

It happened around 4:30 p.m. and traffic in both directions is shut down.

Another route to the Outer Banks, U.S. 264 is shut down because of the Pains Bay Wildfire. The only other way to Manteo, Nags Head or Kitty Hawk is to take U.S. 158 from Elizabeth City.

The D.O.T. says it's taking steps to correct the situation and make sure it doesn't happen again as more hot days are expected this week.

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