NC gets $110M fed grant to replace Alligator River Bridge

By on January 3, 2023

Construction on project likely to begin in 2024

The Lindsay B. Warren Bridge also known as the Alligator River Bridge (NCDOT)

The roughly $270 million project to replace the Alligator River Bridge on US Highway 64 has been awarded $110 million in grant funding from the U.S Department of Transportation, news that was announced in Jan. 3 releases from Governor Roy Cooper and U.S. Senator Thom Tillis.

With construction likely beginning in 2024, the new bridge is designed to replace the 60-year-old Alligator River Bridge that serves Dare and Tyrrell counties. The structure will be approximately 3.2 miles in length, with a vertical clearance of 65 feet to accommodate the navigational channel, two 12-foot lanes with 8-foot shoulders, and railings to separate bicycle traffic from vehicle traffic, according to the Tillis statement.

In his release, Cooper noted that the existing Alligator River Bridge must accommodate the 4,000 boats that pass through the area every year, “forcing vehicle traffic to stop while the swing-span opens and closes. Though maintained, the aging structure experiences occasional technical issues that can force motorists onto a 99-mile detour.”

In explaining the status of the project, NCDOT Communications Officer Tim Haas said that the agency has already completed a preliminary design. In an email to the Voice, he stated that “next will come final design, permitting and right-of-way acquisition, which we hope to have done by September. Then, we’d put the project out to bid in November, and if all goes well, construction could begin as early as January 2024.”

The bid, he added, requires construction begin no later than 2025.

The Cooper release quoted the governor as saying that the new “bridge is a lifeline for the people of North Carolina both to and from the Barrier Islands. It is one of the few options residents and visitors have for accessing our far eastern counties and this bridge replacement will serve our state for decades to come.”

Tillis’ statement said that “this grant is a big win for Dare and Tyrrell Counties and will ensure a safe and reliable bridge for generations to come. I am proud to have advocated for this funding and thank local officials in both counties for their tireless advocacy for this grant as well. “

Both officials also credited the federal “bipartisan infrastructure law” for producing the funding for the bridge.





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  • WindyBill

    The ends of the old bridge, out some distance from shore, would shore make some fine fishing piers.

    Tuesday, Jan 3 @ 3:47 pm
  • TC

    2 lanes? I guess we’ll never see the completion of the project Marc Basnight started.

    Tuesday, Jan 3 @ 6:45 pm
  • Jeff Walker

    Pretty funny seeing Thom Thillith take credit for the grant when he spent his entire tenure as state house speaker zeroing out the bridge replacement from the state budget. But that’s politics for ya.

    Tuesday, Jan 3 @ 6:59 pm
  • Millisecond

    What has happened to the NORTHERN BRIDGE? The majority MAJORITY of traffic comes from the north. Why is it not being addressed?

    Tuesday, Jan 3 @ 7:05 pm
  • Waldo

    1995: West bound Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge constructed. Fully funded in advance, no tolls required.
    2002: Virginia Dare Bridge opens. Fully funded in advance, no tolls required.
    2019: Marc Basnight bridge opens. Fully funded in advance, no tolls required.
    2022: Rodanthe Jug Handle bridge opens. Fully funded in advance, no tolls required.
    2023: Alligator River bridge funded. Construction to start in 2023. No tolls required.
    1970s: Mid Currituck bridge proposed. Nothing happens for 30 years. Then, in 2008 it’s decided that the state can’t afford to fund it, so it would have to be built as a toll bridge. 2023, and it still is going nowhere.
    Bottom line. Currituck County doesn’t have the leadership, representation, nor the pull, that Dare County has. Their leadership lacks vision, and is too busy trying to keep themselves in total control of the county, rather than doing what’s in their residents, and localities best interest. Poor leadership = lack of state and federal funding.

    Tuesday, Jan 3 @ 9:53 pm
  • Sandflea

    Looks like some money from the Reconstruction Bill starting to trickle in. I guess you can thank Biden and the Democrats (with a handful of Republicans) for bringing the much needed updates and jobs, and money to this state. One of the many things that they accomplished over the last couple years. May be a while for anything else to be accomplished; Republicans can’t even get a Speaker in… lol.

    Wednesday, Jan 4 @ 7:31 am
  • KHer

    >>>2 lanes? I guess we’ll never see the completion of the project Marc Basnight started.<<<

    TC, You took the words out of my mouth. Politicians can only see till the next election.

    The last portion of US64 that needs 4 lanes (Colombia to Manns Harbor) and they want to build a new TWO LANE bridge!

    Wednesday, Jan 4 @ 7:41 am
  • OBX Dan

    Waldo is exactly right. Currituck County is run by a bunch of self-dealing clowns. Keep stealing the money from the
    taxpayers in Corolla and Corova to fund their pet projects that benefit the mainland residents who don’t pay anywhere near the same amount of taxes. Ignore the worker housing issues in the Currituck OBX until employers are forced to close (permanently, not just go to fewer open days like that have for three years) and the tax base to feed the mainland dries up. Zero leadership. Zero vision. Total malpractice. Clowns.

    Wednesday, Jan 4 @ 8:35 am
  • Tom

    if only the fine members of this comments section could run our governments, then there would be no problems and everyone would be happy!

    Thursday, Jan 5 @ 10:32 am