RALEIGH — The U.S. 64 swing bridge over the Alligator
River in Tyrrell and Dare counties was reopened to traffic Sunday evening after
being closed for 12 days. A key part used to keep the bridge closed and
support the weight of the vehicles called a wedge guide broke during repairs,
but crews secured replacement parts on Sunday, repaired the wedge guide and
opened the bridge at 11:45 p.m.
N.C. Department of Transportation
crews removed signs on U.S. 64 once the bridge was open. Detour signing on N.C.
94 and U.S. 264 will be removed Monday morning.
During the closure, the bridge was
swung into the open position. Workers replaced the center pivot and eight
balance wheels. Workers adjusted the new parts of the bridge, as well as
performed work on the gear and drive shafts.
The bridge opens an average of 500
times a month. Due to the amount of use, the mechanical components of the
bridge were worn and needed to be replaced.
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at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel
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Editor’s Note: Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaHW4sjBuwA
for an up-close look at the rehabilitation work.
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