MANTEO, N.C. – Drivers will soon notice crews working on the underside of the Washington Baum Bridge on U.S. 64 (locally known as the “Pirate’s Cove Bridge”) later this month, as a $21.3 million bridge rehabilitation project begins.

The project, awarded to the Freyssinet USA company of Sterling, Va., will improve the rideability of the bridge and lengthen its lifespan. The project includes correcting bumps on the existing bridge deck and replacing bridge joints, as well as repairing concrete in the structure.

Initial work will be performed on the underside of the bridge, and no lane closures are expected for several months. The contract prohibits daytime or weekend lane closures between May 15 and Sept. 15 of any year.

The project is expected to be complete in the fall of 2025. For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on social media.