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.

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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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  • by jd Location: bcounty on May 25, 2011 at 06:42 PM
    I was one that had to go around to E City to get home. I think the DOT should do a better job of scheduling the bridge for openings. It was a bad day for Dare county, with the bridge problem and also the smoke!
  • by kathy Location: kdh on May 25, 2011 at 04:10 AM
    if hobucken can get a high span bridge I think hwy 64 a major hwy needs a decent bridge this is insane it needs to be replaced along with the oregon inlet bridge
  • by Jane Location: Wanchese on May 24, 2011 at 08:44 PM
    Too bad our state is broke, they need to build a 4 lane bridge anyway. That thing is older than the hills (or me at least)!
  • by MIKE Location: Hamilton on May 24, 2011 at 06:23 PM
    D.O.T. what a joke and waste of taxpayers money.As much as this bridge opens and closes there is no excuse for this happening.
  • by Jess Location: Greenville on May 24, 2011 at 05:56 PM
    The exact same problem happened this past Saturday evening around 6pm. Had to turn around on the bridge and drive back up and around through Elizabeth City to get to Greenville. People were out of there cars sitting on the bridge, apparently they had been there for a while.
  • by anon Location: nags head on May 24, 2011 at 04:23 PM
    give 'em a break. Manteo set a record today for high temp. Heat expands things. It couldn't close. They'll adjust it.
  • by G on May 24, 2011 at 04:21 PM
    While it's warm for May, it's certainly not abnormally warm for Eastern NC right now, if it really is the heat they better fix it or else that bridge will be worthless all summer.
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 03:50 PM
    As long as it is well maintained oiled, greased, how can heat effect it ?
  • by uuhhhmmmm Location: earth on May 24, 2011 at 03:31 PM
    Bridges are designed for expansion and contraction sooooooooooooooo this story must be incomplete.Whats the deal DOT
  • by jerry Location: enc on May 24, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    Sounds more like a lack of proper maintenance to me.
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      by Jane on May 24, 2011 at 08:45 PM in reply to jerry
      Makes you wonder what our tax money is going to!
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