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The Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society is the official non-profit support group for National Wildlife Refuges in Eastern North Carolina Information below was released by USFWS and is available on their website at #NCRefuges News
National Wildlife Refuges in North Carolina
Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuge Complex
100 Conservation Way (P. O. Box 1969)
Manteo, NC 27954

Contact Bonnie Strawser 252-473-1132 X 230 
or Steve Brumfield X 224
For Immediate Release
September 14, 2020

Milltail Road Reopens on Alligator River Refuge
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Christopher Amenta, FHA

Caption: Portions of Milltail Road, on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge which had been under construction, reopened on Friday, September 11, 2020 and will look a bit different. The construction project consisted of raising the profile of Milltail Road on approximately 0.64 miles of roadway and making repairs to Milltail Bridge.  To reduce impacts to wetlands, the road was narrowed to facilitate raising it. There is a pull off approximately 0.4 mile north of the bridge and one just before the approach ramp that will enable motorists to pull over for traffic. Roadsides have just been hydro-seeded and are soft from recent rains, so motorists are encouraged to drive slow and stay off the road shoulders. Visitors should also be patient with road conditions south of the intersection of Sandy Ridge and Milltail Roads where a road closure has been in place since June 15.  Refuge staff have not been across the bridge since late May, but will mow and road grade as soon as it can be scheduled and weather conditions allow. The project was funded and managed through the Federal Highways Administration.

Construction worker places large rip rap as an erosion control aid on a portion of Milltail Road. Where there was not room to adequately slope the road shoulders, rip rap was used along the raised road bed.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) NOTICE

During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

For local conditions review the information on refuge websites and/or call ahead. At this time, the Manteo Office for the Coastal NC National Wildlife Refuges Complex is staffed for emergency calls and general information: 252-473-1131 Ext 224. Or you may email for information about all refuges in eastern North Carolina.

If visiting one of our refuges, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and exercising good hygiene.