Cape Hatteras Lighthouse restoration construction underway

CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. (WITN) – The first steps of restoring the outside and inside of a lighthouse in the east got underway Monday.

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore says the rehabilitation process for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has officially started.

Crews from Thorpe Landscapes, Wilmington, North Carolina, began erecting fencing and preparing the grounds surrounding the Cape Hatteras Light Station as a first step of the $19.2 million project, according to officials.

National Seashore says Stone and Lime Historic Restoration Services of North Brookfield, Massachusetts was chosen to be the prime contractor in October 2023.

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.

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