Section of Beach Road closed through May in Nags Head

The detour signs at Gallery Row went up Thursday. [Sam Walker photo]

After a delay of nearly two weeks, the Beach Road is now closed to through traffic in the Gallery Row section of Nags Head for the next two months for a storm water drainage improvement project, while two other projects in the town are also getting started.

N.C. 12 is closed to traffic between Gallery Row and Abalone Street near mile post 10, but popular businesses like Surfin’ Spoon and Seagreen Gallery, and homes in the work area can still be accessed from either side.

The 30th annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will run a slightly shorter route this year due to the construction.

A pair of aging pipes that run under N.C. 12 at Red Drum Taphouse will be replaced to help move storm water more efficiently into the outfall that drains into the Atlantic Ocean.

Two other storm water-related projects are taking place elsewhere in Nags Head this spring.

Seven groundwater lowering wells are being constructed in the Nags Head Acres and Vista Colony subdivisions, and an infiltration trench network will be installed in the Village at Nags Head area from Mall Drive to Epstien Street.

Town officials say work will typically be conducted from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., traffic and pedestrian access may be restricted around the projects, and water customers in or near these areas may experience a disruption in their water service. Property owners will be notified prior to planned service interruptions.

Additional information on the Nags Head projects, which are scheduled for completion by June 1, can be found at

Courtesy Baldwin Video Productions

A series of unprecedented rainfall-flooding events dating back to Hurricane Matthew in 2016 have plagued a number of locations along the Outer Banks.

Dare County officials have partnered with the N.C. Department of Transportation on a study commissioned last fall of the county’s unincorporated areas on how to address flooding issues. The results of that study are still pending.

Other town governments in Dare, and Currituck County which governs Corolla, have instituted measures or are studying ways to mitigate their rainwater or overwash flooding issues.

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