OCRACOKE, N.C. (WITN) – A 12-month construction project is expected to limit visitor access to one of North Carolina’s historic lighthouses on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
National Park Service officials say that Terra Site Constructors. LLC has begun work on a $3.6 million project to raise and repair the Double Keepers’ Quarters and other structures at the Ocracoke Light Station in Ocracoke.
Officials say that they expect access to the boardwalk and lighthouse will mainly remain open while work is being done, there will be temporary closures to install an accessible pathway from the existing boardwalk to the Double Keepers’ Quarters.
Officials said that parking directly in front of the light station will be closed throughout the project and that visitors to the lighthouse should park in the gravel parking lot located approximately 200 feet northeast of the light station on Lighthouse Road.
In addition to construction, officials say that a tree health assessment was done during the design phase. All the larger live oak trees that were determined to be in fair or good health will be protected and left as part of the site’s landscape.
Officials say that of the twenty-eight trees that were assessed, eight were found to be in poor condition or an advanced state of decline. As a result, officials say four of the live oaks in the front of the Double Keepers’ Quarters will have to be removed.