Mechanical failure temporarily closed Alligator River bridge

Published 2:24 pm Monday, February 4, 2019

The Lindsay C. Warren Bridge on U.S. 64 over Alligator River was closed to highway traffic for two and a half hours Friday, Jan. 31, because of a failure in the swing span’s locking mechanisms.

Email media releases from NCDOT in Raleigh announced the closing at 2:37 p.m. and reopening at 5:02 p.m.

However, no boat traffic passed through the bridge until around 11 a.m. Saturday, so work crews could repair the wedges that stabilize the swing span in the closed position, according to Debbie Barnes in the Creswell bridge maintenance office.

NCDOT advised the following detours:

Motorists traveling between Columbia and Manns Harbor should use N.C. 94 and U.S. 264 through Hyde County.

Motorists traveling between the Outer Banks and areas west of Williamston should use U.S. 17 and U.S. 158.

For real-time travel information, the highway agency advised motorists to visit or follow NCDOT on social media.