This graphic shows the area on Route 64 that will close Jan. 10 to 16 for repairs. The detour is highlighted in a lighter color.

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RALEIGH – Islanders and visitors wishing to access Ocracoke and the Outer Banks should beware of the closure on a section of Route 64 requiring a detour Jan. 10 to 16.

The North Carolina Dept. of Transportation will close the Alligator River Bridge between Tyrrell and Dare counties to all vehicle traffic and boat navigation from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, through Tuesday, Jan. 16, to allow crews to perform major renovation work on the bridge’s swing-span drawbridge.

Workers will repair and replace electrical and mechanical components located beneath the bridge’s swing span.

During the closure, NCDOT will have detour signage and variable message signs in place to guide motorists through 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.

The project will require another week-long closure for the bridge in March 2018. The dates for that closure have not been determined at this time.

The work is part of an extensive renovation project designed to extend the life of the 58-year-old bridge. The $16.7 million contract was awarded to Flatiron Constructors of Morrisville, NC, in March 2017.

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The Alligator River Bridge on N.C. Route 64 will close Jan. 10 to 16 for repairs. Photo: C. Leinbach
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