Crane arrives on site of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse restoration

DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – The restoration of an Eastern Carolina lighthouse continues.

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore says a crane has arrived this week to continue the exterior scaffolding updates to the lighthouse.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has been under construction since January for upgrades to the inside and outside of the landmark.

Officials say the installed scaffolding is engineered to withstand dynamic loads and essentially be a standalone structure.

The National Seashore says the $19.2 million restoration project is expected to take 18 months.

The National Park Service says about half a million people visit the light station yearly, with about 1,500 people at the lighthouse daily between April and October.

As restoration moves forward, officials say visitors will encounter some closures but restrooms and the park store are expected to remain open.