Public comments sought on Coquina Beach Access intersection improvements

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore is seeking public comments on a Wetland Statement of Findings for a plan to improve N.C. Highway 12 at the intersection of Coquina Beach Access and Bodie Island Lighthouse Road. The deadline to submit comments is Nov. 22, 2021.

The seashore and the North Carolina Department of Transportation propose to improve highway, visitor and employee safety by constructing longer turning lanes on to each road for both northbound and southbound traffic. The current turn lanes are narrow and short and there are no turn lanes into Coquina Beach Access for northbound vehicles. The highway speed limit and the high volume of traffic and frequency of vehicles turning into these two popular visitor areas dictates a need to safely improve the flow of traffic.

A Wetland Statement of Findings has been prepared to acknowledge 0.134 acres of wetland resources would be affected by the proposed project and to document compliance with the National Park Service‚Äôs Director’s Order 77-1: Wetland Protection and Procedural Manual 77-1: Wetland Protection through avoidance and minimization of impacts and to identify compensatory mitigation actions for unavoidable adverse impacts to these wetland resources.

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Approximately 0.70 acres of phragmites-dominated wetland will be restored as compensatory mitigation to offset the .134 acres loss of wetlands.

For more details and to submit comments electronically, visit Comments can also be mailed to Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Attn: Coquina Intersection, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954. Deadline to submit comments is Nov. 22, 2021.