The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is currently conducting a paving project on South Croatan Highway in Nags Head. Please keep this in mind when traveling the road and be sure to slow down to ensure everyone's safety.
February 10, 2023 Update
The NC Department of Transportation, along with The Fred Smith Company, intend to close South Croatan Highway/158 in both directions in at Nags Head's town hall and fire station starting Monday, February 12. This closure will allow for the replacement of the existing drainage pipe beneath the highway with a larger pipe.
The southbound lanes will be closed at East Epstein Street and all traffic will be detoured to South Virginia Dare Trail.
The northbound lanes will be closed at South Seachase Drive and all traffic will be detoured to South Virginia Dare Trail.
Message Boards will be placed Friday afternoon in both directions to give advance notice of the closure. The message boards will be relocated and reprogramed the day of the closure to notify the public of the detour to NC-12.
The Contractor plans to open the southbound traffic once the initial stages of the pipe replacement are complete and patched with asphalt. We expect to have at least one lane of southbound traffic restored by COB Tuesday February 14th. The northbound traffic will remain detoured to NC-12 until the crossing is complete.
All work is expected to be complete by COB on Friday, February 17th.
February 8, 2023 Update
NCDOT has made significant progress over the past several days on the US Hwy 158 resurfacing project. Work has begun in two separate locations in town. In the north end of town, crews have been working to replace the cross-highway storm pipe near the W. Oak Knoll Dr. intersection. The roadway portion of this work is anticipated to be completed late this afternoon, with uninterrupted traffic flow in either direction permitted after completion.
Construction crews will relocate tomorrow near the E. Baltic St. intersection and begin with the cross-pipe replacement at this location. Northbound traffic will be re-routed to E. Barnes St. through to S. Virginia Dare Trail. It is anticipated a full road closure near this location may be necessary to aid with pipe installation and traffic control measure placement but should be short in duration.
Milling and paving have begun immediately north of E. Gray Eagle St., with the outer northbound lane resurfacing completed through to milepost marker 14.5, immediately south of the Nags Head Municipal Complex. Milling and paving have transitioned to the outer southbound lane, with the inner (3) lanes open to traffic. Paving operation will continue southward for the next several days, weather permitting.
Additional updates will be provided as construction progresses.
Advance traffic messaging will be provided around the Whalebone Junction area and near Colington Rd. to alert motorists of the temporary change in traffic patterns. Other traffic control measures will be placed in advance of the active construction zones.
The project schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or extenuating circumstances that can result in construction delays.
Watch a video of prestation that NC DOT representatives gave to Nags Head's Board of Commissioners at their February 1, 2023. View the accompanying PowerPoint presentation.