Alligator River Bridge reopens - WNCT

Alligator River Bridge reopens

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Courtesy: NCDOT Courtesy: NCDOT
Courtesy: NCDOT Courtesy: NCDOT
COLUMBIA, N.C. -

The Alligator River Bridge was reopened to traffic late Sunday night, after being closed for 12 days.

The U.S. 64 swing bridge over the river in Tyrell and Dare counties was reopened around 11:45 p.m.

Originally it was thought that it could be several more days before the bridge opened back up because a key part used to keep the bridge closed and support the weight of the vehicles broke during repairs. But, replacement parts were secured Sunday night.

According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, 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.

Crews were planning to take down the detour signs Monday morning.

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