Storm recovery projects set for Cape Hatteras National Seashore on both Ocracoke and Hatteras islands
Published 6:20 pm Saturday, October 3, 2020
Several storm recovery projects have been announced for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Ocracoke Boat Slip Utility Pedestal Replacement
On Oct. 13, Achuti LLC, of Raleigh, will begin a project to install 15 new utility pedestals and utility lines at CHNS’s Silver Lake boat slips on Ocracoke Island. Electrical systems inside the pedestals were damaged by saltwater flooding due to Hurricane Dorian.
The boat docks should reopen in early January 2021. The cost of the project is $188,000.
Old Lighthouse Beach Parking Lot Repair
The parking lot at the former site of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has received damage from many severe weather and ocean overwash events. A project to repair and repave the parking lot will be completed by Achuti LLC. Work is scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 2.
During the project, the Old Lighthouse parking lot will be closed.
Visitors will continue to have access to parking in the nearby Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach Access parking lot, located just south. Alternatively, the Buxton Beach Access parking lot at the old U.S. Coast Guard station, accessed by driving down Old Lighthouse Road in Buxton, is available, where access to the beach is across from the parking area or a path behind the dune is available to walk to the previous location of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of November.
Dune Restoration and Cape Hatteras Pier Drive Repair in Frisco
A project to restore a large section of dune at the ocean end of Cape Hatteras Pier Drive is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 19. DOT Construction, Inc., of Morehead City, expects to finish hauling sand, shaping the dune and planting American beach grass on the dune by early December 2020.
The area was previously a parking lot that has been severely damaged by storms over the last several years. Given the lot’s proximity to the ocean, it is not sustainable to implement repairs. Therefore, the pavement has been removed and the dune will be rebuilt in the gap formed by the historic parking area. Over the next year, CHNS will replace the lost parking capacity by enlarging the parking area at the Frisco Beach access, located about 0.3 miles toward Hatteras village in the seashore.
Residents on Cape Hatteras Pier Drive will have vehicular access. Visitors will have pedestrian and bicycle access down Cape Hatteras Pier Drive during construction.
Repair and Paving of Cape Hatteras Pier Drive
Achuti LLC, the same contractor selected to complete the Ocracoke boat slip pedestal replacement and Old Lighthouse Beach parking lot repair projects, is scheduled to begin repairing and repaving Cape Hatteras Pier Drive shortly after the completion of the dune restoration project. The CHNS-owned road was damaged during Hurricane Florence and subsequent severe weather events.
The combined cost of the paving work at the Old Lighthouse Beach parking lot and Cape Hatteras Pier Drive is $197,000.