Edgartown expects to have the storm-battered Atlantic Drive reopened next month. 

The road along South Beach initially closed in December, when a sinkhole opened up during the first of a trio of storms. A culvert in the area failed during a second storm, causing even further damage. 

On Monday, Edgartown town administrator James Hagerty said work to bolster the pavement should be done before April 15, making it easier for the public to get onto the popular beach. 

The road is expected to reopen before April 15. — Ray Ewing

The town has been working for the last few weeks to restore the area in time for the summer tourist season. The town’s dredge has pulled up sand from Katama Bay and Herring Creek in order to rebuild the South Beach dunes.

Once the large sandpiles are put in place, beach grass can be planted and the town can begin fixing the failed culvert along the road. 

“April 15, it’s the no-later-than date to open up,” Mr. Hagerty said. 

After the third destructive southerly storm, the town declared a state of emergency in an attempt to get state and federal aid for the rebuild area. That extra funding remains in limbo, said Mr. Hagerty, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency have asked for more paperwork detailing the damage.

While that aid is pending, voters at the April 9 town meeting will consider a $1.2 million article on the annual town meeting warrant that would be put toward South Beach, Norton Point and Atlantic Drive.