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Encyclopedia > Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge
Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge
Carries US 64
Crosses Croatan Sound
Locale Manteo, North Carolina
Design concrete segmented girder
Total length 5.2 miles (8.4 km)
Opening date August 16, 2002

The Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge is the newest, longest, and widest bridge over the Croatan Sound. The four-lane bridge carries U.S. Highway 64 Bypass from Manns Harbor to Roanoke Island in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The bridge provides express access from the North Carolina mainland to the Outer Banks communities. It was named after Virginia Dare, the first child born in the Americas to English parents, who resided on the Roanoke Island colony. At a length of 5.2 miles, the Dare Bridge is the longest in the state, constructed with nearly 44,000 tons of deck concrete, 88 concrete columns, and over 2,000 piles.[1] United States Highway 64 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 2,326 miles (3,743 km) from eastern North Carolina to just southwest of the Four Corners in northeast Arizona. ... Croatan Sound is an inlet in Dare County, North Carolina. ... Manteo is a town located in Dare County, North Carolina. ... A girder bridge, in general, is a bridge built of girders placed on bridge abutments and foundation piers. ... August 16 is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... A log bridge in the French Alps near Vallorcine. ... Croatan Sound is an inlet in Dare County, North Carolina. ... United States Highway 64 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 2,326 miles from eastern North Carolina to just southwest of the Four Corners in northeast Arizona. ... Manns Harbor is an unincorporated community in Dare County, North Carolina. ... Roanoke Island is an island in Dare County near the coast of North Carolina, United States. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties Libertarian Party State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... North Carolinas Outer Banks separating the Atlantic Ocean (east) from Albemarle Sound (north) and Pamlico Sound (south). ... Virginia Dare (August 18, 1587 – unknown) was the first child to be born in America of English parents on Roanoke Island in the Colony of Roanoke, now in North Carolina. ...


The Dare Bridge suceeded the old William B. Umstead Bridge, which was previously the only crossing over the Croatan Sound. The Umstead Bridge now serves as a segment of a business route for U.S. Highway 64, which goes through the town of Manteo; the Dare Bridge bypasses this town. William Bradley Umstead (13 May 1895 -- 7 November 1954) was the Democratic governor of the state of North Carolina from 1953 to 1954. ... A Business Route can be a branch from an Interstate, U.S. or State Highway route. ... Manteo is a town located in Dare County, North Carolina. ...


The second crossing over the sound was constructed to alleviate traffic congestion along the old Umstead Bridge and through Manteo, as well as to provide a safer and more efficient hurricane evacuation route for Outer Banks residents and visitors. This article is about weather phenomena. ...


References

  1. ^ Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge Dedication

 
 

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