Nags Head Outfall Work To Close Admiral St. Beach Access

Posted By on February 16, 2015

Perhaps starting as early as today (February 16), the North Carolina Department of Transportation will be using the Admiral Street public beach access in Nags Head to stage equipment that will be used to extend a stormwater outfall located on the oceanfront in the vicinity of the 2400 block of South Virginia Dare Trail. 

Admiral Street public beach access in Nags Head is temporarily closed for outfall work.

Admiral Street public beach access in Nags Head is temporarily closed for outfall work.

Expected to take place over the next ten weeks or so, the project will improve water flow in Nags Head’s drainage system and help to ensure that South Virgina Dare Trail does not flood during storms.  

Over the years, natural forces have damaged or degraded the existing ocean outfall, reducing the original length by approximately 65 feet. Additionally, during periods of beach accretion the outfall has become clogged and/or covered with sand, interfering with the transport of stormwater through the outfall pipes.

Because of the outfall’s degraded condition and the blockages caused by sand, stormwater can back up within the pipes and onto S. Virgina Dare Trail and other properties tributary to this system. This project will attempt to mitigate this problem.

The project scope of work consists of repairing and extending the outfall pipes 65 feet ocean ward, restoring the system back to its original length. In support of the proposed construction activities, the Town of Nags Head will temporarily close the Admiral Street Beach Access to the public to permit staging of materials and equipment.    
The proposed work will be conducted by a private utility contractor hired by NCDOT. There are no limitations on the hours of construction to complete this project. Work may be conducted after hours, (at night), and on weekends to complete the project.
What to Expect During Construction 
  • Pedestrian and vehicle access along the ocean beach may be restricted during ongoing construction activities.
  • Excavation trenches and pits will be required to make the necessary underground connections to complete the project. These depths will typically range from 5’ to 8’ and will be delineated with high-visibility measures, (i.e. safety fencing) around the limits of excavation. Open excavations will be filled immediately after the completion of work.
  • Signs and barriers limiting access within the areas of construction and staging may be posted.
  • Construction equipment may be placed in the public-right-of-way and along portions of the project area. Unless the contractor has made prior arrangements with a property owner, no equipment or construction materials should be placed outside the public right-of-way on private property.
  • It is possible that customers will be without water for a short duration (typically a few hours) while this transition takes place. Property owners will be notified in advance regarding any planned service disruptions.
  • Existing ground within the project area may be disturbed during the course of construction. The contractor will be responsible for re-establishing vegetation in these disturbed areas in connection with minimum NCDOT standards.
  • Town services will continue uninterrupted.


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