Carolinas & Georgia
Alligator River Bridge closed until further notice
Date Reported: Mar 20, 2015
AIWW Mile: 84.2
Reported by: Ted Stehle
Due to a mechanical breakdown the Alligator River Bridge is closed until further notice. We will provide updates as they become available.
Reader Comment: This morning, March 20th, the USCG is reporting that the Alligator River Bridge at SM 84 on the ICW, just south of the junction of the Alligator River and Albemarle Sound, is closed. A gear in the mechanism that opens the bridge has sheared, and anew gear will need to be machined before the bridge can be repaired. NCDOT has not yet given an estimate of when repairs will be complete, though I'm sure it has a high priority. For northbound cruisers on the AICW who are on a schedule, an alternate route around the bridge would be to head east into Pamlico Sound at the intersection of the ICW and Pamlico River, about SM 150, and head for Roanoke Island. Passing east of Roanoke Island will bring you out to the east end of Albemarle Sound, where you can rejoin the ICW about SM 70. Potential stops along the way would include Englehart and Manteo. Manteo, in particular, is a nice cruising destination and astop there would make the detour worth the effort. For cruisers that have time, and are looking for a charming southern town in which they can wait, turn west on the Pamlico River and go about 25 miles to the Washington Waterfront Docks. There is easy access and deep water in the protected harbor. The docks have new heads, showers and laundry facilities for boaters. There are a large number of restaurants, shops, and attractions within easy walking. Provisioning is convenient, as are West Marine and a number of marine service providers. Free docks are available. Mention the Alligator Bridge closing when you register and the Dock Attendants will waive the customary 48 hour period on free dockage.