Update 2 p.m. Friday: The Harkers Island drawbridge has been repaired and can open to boat traffic beginning at 4 p.m. Friday.
The Harkers Island drawbridge is closed temporarily to boat traffic but vehicles are permitted to cross, the North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Friday.
NCDOT bridge maintenance staff determined earlier this week that because the gears used to open and close the bridge failed, the drawbridge would not open, so boats could not pass through.
With additional NCDOT inspectors, staff will continue to examine the scope of the repairs needed and will then determine a timeline of when it can reopen to boat traffic. When more information is available, NCDOT will provide another update.