Comments sought for Lighthouse Road multi-use pathway proposal

Published 6:18 am Thursday, June 2, 2022

Cape Hatteras National Seashore staffers are seeking public comments as plans are developed to construct a multi-use path along Lighthouse Road in the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse District.

Through June 22, 2022 Cape Hatteras National Seashore is inviting public input on two separate projects: this multi-use pathway proposal and lighthouse repair and landscape improvements.

A public meeting to discuss both projects is scheduled for 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 2 at the Fessenden Center Annex, 47013 Buxton Back Rd. in Buxton.

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A new pathway in the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse District would provide users originating in the village of Buxton with a resilient, safe and accessible non-motorized route to many of CHNS’s key visitor use areas, including the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, museum and lifeguard beach. The pathway would be enhanced with wayfinding, educational information and benches.

Three pathway ideas are listed in the Construct Multi-Use Pathway along Lighthouse Road public scoping newsletter at parkplanning.nps.gov/caha_multiuse_pathway.

Three preliminary alternatives are currently being considered:

Alternative 1: Construction of a 4-foot wide path on each side of Lighthouse Road as approved in the 1984 General Management Plan.

Alternative 2: Construction of a separated 8-10 foot wide multi-use pathway with a 3-5 foot vegetative buffer parallel to Lighthouse Road.

Alternative 3: Expand Lighthouse Road to create an 8-foot wide bicycle lane on the existing road from NC 12 only to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Old Lighthouse parking area. There would be no vegetative buffer.

The public comment period ends Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Comments may be submitted at parkplanning.nps.gov/caha_multiuse_pathway, the preferred method, or mailed to: Superintendent, 1401 National Park Dr., Manteo, NC 27954.

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