Old Manns Harbor Bridge to close in mid-May for six months

By on April 2, 2024

The William B. Umstead (Old Manns Harbor) Bridge in Dare County will close in late May for approximately six months while workers perform a bridge preservation project. (NCDOT)

(North Carolina Department of Transportation)

The William B. Umstead (locally known as the Old Manns Harbor) Bridge on U.S. 64 over Croatan Sound will be closing in the second half of May for an estimated six months as a $33 million bridge preservation project enters a critical phase.

During the closure, all 313 concrete spans on the bridge will be repaired and each of the 170 expansion joints will be replaced. Given the extent of the restoration work and the narrow lanes on the 69-year-old bridge, the N.C. Department of Transportation has determined that a complete bridge closure is preferable to completing the work under single lane closures.

“We realize it will be an inconvenience for some commuters,” said NCDOT Resident Engineer Pablo Hernandez. “However, the safety of both motorists and workers is our top priority, and a complete closure of the bridge is the safest alternative for this type of work.”

The bridge is scheduled to reopen with lane closures in the fall. In the meantime, drivers traveling between Manns Harbor and Roanoke Island can use the Virginia Dare Bridge as an alternate route.

The bridge project is not expected to impact the purple martins that nest in the bridge during July and August, as work will not occur between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. during nesting season.

The bridge preservation project is scheduled to be complete in late 2026.



  • Todd

    Well of course they will start this during high season!

    Tuesday, Apr 2 @ 12:28 pm
  • But why?

    Or tear it down, make the few that still use it go the other way? It’s not that far vs the costs involved.

    Tuesday, Apr 2 @ 6:29 pm
  • Sean Mulligan

    Seems like a lot of money for a bridge used by very few people.Probably about 33 commuters.Close the bridge and give each commuter 500k and you save half your 33 million. I bet they would be happy with this deal.

    Wednesday, Apr 3 @ 9:45 am
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