Cape Hatteras Lighthouse begins 18-month construction, limited visitor access

CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. (WITN) – Federal officials announce the first phase of a project that will rehabilitate the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse later this month.

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore says the lighthouse will undergo a $19.2 million renovation. Officials say this project will last for 18 months and that visitors will encounter some closures. They said restrooms and the park store are expected to remain open.

The goal is to restore the interior and exterior of the lighthouse which will enhance the visitor’s experience, reports the National Seashore.

Key highlights of the first phase of the project include:

  • Construction fencing will be installed around the limit of construction which includes an area beyond the current lighthouse fencing, construction entrances adjacent to the parking lot, and landscape improvements. The site will have limited access for visitation and viewpoints.
  • The Keepers of the Light Amphitheater stones will be removed and stored in a secure location for the duration of the project. The stones will be placed in the lighthouse district when the construction is completed to honor the keepers and educate the public about their role in caring for the lighthouse.
  • The primary construction entrance will be located east of the current main entrance to the light station. A portion of the parking area will be closed for several months for the delivery of project materials and staging for construction.
  • Scaffolding will be delivered and erected around the exterior and interior of the lighthouse.

Access to the lighthouse grounds may vary during the 18-month operation.

A temporary beacon will be installed during the project. However, the National Seashore warns the light might go out due to construction.