Island’s Scenic Byway
gets $1.95 million federal grant
A $1.95 million federal grant announced today
provide 7.9 miles of paved pathway on the Outer Banks National Scenic
Byway on Hatteras Island. The new pathway, a 5-foot wide
surface along the Pamlico Sound side of Highway 12, will run
through the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, and Avon.
“We are elated,” said Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy, Chair of the Dare
County Scenic Byway Committee. “We will finally have a safe
for everyone to walk, ride bikes, or skate along the main street of
Since Dare’s Commissioners first appointed it, the county’s Byway
Committee has worked to build paved pathways in all Hatteras Island
villages. One segment of the overall plan, a 1.5-mile segment
along Buxton Back Road, has already been built and is now enjoyed as a
Allen Burrus, Dare County commissioner from Hatteras Island who serves
on the Scenic Byway Committee, called today’s announcement, “a dream
come true for the people of Hatteras Island.”
“Our community is grateful for the tireless efforts of Mary Helen
Goodloe-Murphy and the committee that has worked so hard in championing
the Scenic Byway for Dare County,” Burrus added.
The Outer Banks National Scenic Byway runs from Whalebone Junction
through Hatteras and Ocracoke islands and extends to Carteret
County. The byway was awarded national designation in
2009 and is one of only 150 nationally designated routes.
Warren Judge, Chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners,
congratulated the Scenic Byways Committee on the federal grant
He said, “We are grateful for the leadership of U.S. Sens. Kay R. Hagan
and Richard Burr and Congressman Walter Jones whose support in
Washington, D.C., was instrumental in securing this important grant for
“While we are thankful for the grant announcement, we have a long way
to go before pavement is on the ground,” said Goodloe-Murphy.
“After we sign a contract with NCDOT,” she said, “we will still have to
do the necessary surveys, engineering, and permitting for almost eight
miles of planned pathway.”
She added, “The good news is that now we have the funding to accomplish
those things and build pathways along the Scenic Byway through the four
The federal grant is matched by $400,000 from the Dare County Tourism
Board and $90,000 raised from community organizations, property owners,
and concerned individuals on Hatteras Island.
For more information, go to the Outer Banks Scenic Byway website at http://www.outerbanksscenicbyway.org/