UPDATED, Thursday 2:30 p.m.: Contractors for the N.C. Department of Transportation have replaced a pipe that runs under U.S. 158 that required a full closure of a section of North Croatan Highway on Wednesday night.
Therefore, there will be no need to close the road again Thursday night.
The work is part of a $4.1 million dollar project that includes resurfacing all five lanes of U.S. 158 from Lindbergh Avenue in Kitty Hawk through Eighth Street at the Kill Devil Hills/Nags Head town line.
“While closing this primary route may seem a bit drastic, this is the same procedure effectively used previously to replace crossline pipes along this corridor,” said NCDOT spokesperson Jamie Kritzer.
Barnhill Contracting began working last month to begin replace the 48-inch by 36-inch arch pipe but that work was halted due to utility conflicts.
The right, eastbound lane and the turn lane into the Dare Centre just north of the Kill Devil Hills Fire Department closed on Tuesday for the first phase of the project.
Barnhill Contracting diverted all traffic Wednesday evening onto N.C. 12 and close U.S. 158 between Third and First streets to complete the installation.