William B Umstead bridge to Roanoke Island
Standing at entrance of the Umstead bridge and behind me is the new Virginia Dare bridge
The Virginia Dare Bridge. Longest in the state.
Once you got off the Alligator River ferry you made a mad dash to Manns Harbor to catch the second ferry to Roanoke Island and the town of Manteo. Then in 1957 they built the 2.8 mile long William B Umstead bridge. This bridge along with the Alligator River bridge in 1960 ended the ferry system on U.S. 64 to reach Manteo and Nags Head. Due to heavy traffic and congestion in downtown Manteo, in 2002 a new 4 lane bridge was open that bypass downtown Manteo. This is the 5.2 mile long Virginia Dare bridge.