Alligator River Bridge Reopens in Tyrrell and Dare Counties Monday, April 15, 2013

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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Editor’s Note: Go to for an up-close look at the rehabilitation work.

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