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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- It will be a longer trip to the Outer Banks for most drivers in North Carolina starting next Tuesday.

The Department of Transportation is closing the U.S. 64 drawbridge over the Alligator River for 12 days of repairs early Tuesday morning. Workers hope to reopen the bridge on April 14.

Crews will replace the pivot on the 53-year-old bridge, which allows it to open and close. The structure's balance wheels, gears and shafts will also be replaced as part of the $500,000 project.

The contractor will get $300 back for each hour it opens the bridge before the noon April 14 deadline, and will lose $300 an hour for each hour it misses the deadline.

Detours will be set up, but will add at least 30 miles to the trip.

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