Repairs to stormwater ocean outfalls in Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head underway

A pair of culverts run out into the ocean off Soundside Road in the Jockey's Ridge area of Nags Head at milepost 12.5. [Town of Nags Head photo]

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has begun a series of projects on the stormwater ocean outfalls in Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head.

There are three stormwater ocean outfalls in the Town of Kill Devil Hills , and a total of five in Nags Head that were installed in the early 1960’s.

In Nags Head, crews have started work on the outfall at Soundside Road near Jockey’s Ridge. Vehicles and equipment are being staged at the nearby Conch Street beach access. The repairs in Kill Devil Hills are taking place at Lake Drive, Martin/Atlantic Street and Baum Street.

The pipes allow rainwater to drain away from the lower areas between the highways of U.S. 158 and N.C. 12, which assists with flood prevention.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality regularly monitors the outfall sites and collects water samples to ensure there are no contaminants that would threaten human or marine life.