TRAFFIC ALERT: Old Manns Harbor Bridge closing for six months

MANNS HARBOR, N.C. (WITN) – Repairs to an Eastern Carolina bridge will bring about its closure for the next six months.

The Department of Transportation says the Old Manns Harbor Bridge which takes U.S. 64 over the Croatan Sound will shut down later next month.

The $33-million dollar bridge preservation project will be entering a critical phase, according to the DOT.

All 313 concrete spans on the bridge will be repaired, while all 170 expansion joints will be replaced on the 69-year-old bridge.

“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 DOT says the bridge is expected to reopen this fall with lane closures. During the bridge closure, drivers going between Manns Harbor and Roanoke Island will need to use the Virginia Dare Bridge.

The overall project is scheduled for completion in late 2026.