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Atlantic Beach Causeway Bridge To Morehead City In Carteret County NC

The Atlantic Beach Causeway Bridge in NC connects with Morehead City in Carteret County and construction began in 1987 to replace the old turn style bridge that was in place at the time. We will have a video soon of this structure, but we do encourage you to share on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook and use the comment section below to have discussions centered around this article and it’s topic.

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The current span is .72 miles in length. This is a 4 lane bridge (2 lanes each way) and crosses over Bogue Sound. This is one of two bridges that connect to Bogue Banks with the other being in Emerald Isle at the west end of the island.

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If you are travelling this structure in either direction, it offers a spectacular view of both Morehead City and Atlantic Beach along with boat traffic on Bogue Banks. It is not uncommon to see photographers at the top of the high rise taking pictures. In the Spring and Summer months, the view of sunsets from the high rise is absolutely incredible.

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At water level, fisherman report that the structure offers a natural habitat for many fishing opportunities.

If you are visiting the area, be aware that on Sunday afternoons when tourist are leaving, there can be considerable traffic delays on the Causeway Bridge going towards Morehead City as this structure connects with Highway 70 (the main highway out of the area going towards the triad).

Currently, there is talks and planning underway in Atlantic Beach to revitalize the Causeway to be more attractive to people visiting the area.

In talking about traffic, and if you visited the area prior to 1987, then you will remember that the old turn style bridge actually stopped traffic to let boats go through creating severe traffic in the summer months and especially during holiday travel. It was not uncommon prior to 1987 to sit in traffic for 3 hours when leaving the island.

In 2018, the Causeway Bridge had massive state inspections and work completed on it to maintain standards of NCDOT.

If you are crossing this structure as a pedestrian, there is a lane for pedestrian and bicycle traffic in both directions. This structure is also a route for many of the local marathon events and joggers who take advantage of the view.

The speed limit on this bridge is 45 miles per hour and the police departments Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, and the NC State Highway Patrol frequently monitor this structure to impede any accidents, safe travel, and to prevent traffic congestion.

Again, please use the discussion form below to discuss this article and if you have any pictures of your travels over this high rise bridge then please contact us and we will be happy to add (with credit) your creative work.

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6 thoughts on “Atlantic Beach Causeway Bridge To Morehead City In Carteret County NC

  • July 4, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Are the guardrails strong enough to prevent cars from going over the bridge?

    • July 4, 2021 at 10:11 pm

      I know of dozens of accidents on this bridge where people were speeding, got in to a wreck and went head on into the guardrails and they withstood the impact without giving way.

  • April 27, 2020 at 11:16 am

    When will current work being done on AB bridge be finished and opened to 4 lanes? They have been working on it for almost 2 years.

    • April 27, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      Hi Ray,
      This website is not affiliated with Carteret County or NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT). However, we do have information that work on the AB bridge was delayed by Hurricane Dorian and this current COVID-19 pandemic which has affected funding. So, no real word on when the bridge will go back to 4 lanes or when the speed limit will change to 35 mph.

  • September 16, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    The bridge speed limit is 45 mph currently.

  • August 2, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    I am 52 years old and can remember back in high school sitting in line for 2 hours just to go over to the beach and 2 hours to come back from the beach and that was only if it wasn’t a Sunday or a holiday. There was also only two lanes on Highway 70 to exit to go over the bridge so the right lane was always backed up to the hospital and people would drive slowly in the left hand lane and try to sneak in to the right hand lane at the place where you veered to the right to go on to the old bridge.

    This was in 1985 and 1986.


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