Alligator River Bridge to close for a week in March

DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - The Alligator River Bridge will be closed to all vehicle and boat traffic starting March 14 as crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation make repairs.

The drawbridge between Tyrrell and Dare counties will be closed for one week from March 14 to March 20, according to the DOT.

Crews will complete the electrical and mechanical swing span repairs that were started during the previous bridge closure in January.

The work is part of a $16.7 million renovation project designed to extend the life of the 58-year-old bridge, the DOT said.

During the closure the DOT will post detour signs and messages to guide motoroists along the following detour routes:

  • Motorists traveling east from Columbia should use N.C. 94 South to U.S. 264 East to U.S. 64.

  • Motorists traveling west from Dare County to Columbia should use U.S. 264 West to N.C. 94 North to U.S. 64.

  • Motorists traveling to the Outer Banks from areas west of Williamston should use U.S. 17 North to U.S. 158 East.

  • Motorists traveling from the Outer Banks to points west of Williamston should use U.S. 158 West to U.S. 17 South to U.S. 64 West.