Beach Access and Park Issues
April 23, 2012

Bodie Island Lighthouse restoration resumes

The second phase of the Bodie Island Lighthouse restoration project has begun, according to the National Park Service. 

The prime contractor, United Builders Group, LLC from New Bern, N.C., has installed the construction fence boundary, secured a protective “bubble wrap” of the Lantern Room, and laid logging mat materials to protect the surrounding grounds as work begins on the famed beacon.

The previous restoration project contract was terminated in last spring after significant new structural integrity issues were found in many of the main support beams under the balcony.  The additional repairs needed were too costly to finish in the original restoration project, but NPS funding requests were approved to complete the restoration work in this fiscal year.

The new project began in late March and is expected be completed in 2013. 

The work will include the following renovations:

  • Restore deteriorated metal
  • Restore components on the lantern level (support beams, masonry, railing/ladder)
  • Replace gallery cornice segments
  • Paint interior and exterior masonry
  • Replace windows and glass on lantern level
  • Repair the oil house marble floor and roof, install new windows
  • Paint all newly installed metals/wood
  • Install fire suppression system and rehabilitate electrical power
  • Install stair strengtheners

Project update reports will be issued periodically.  For more information, contact the Public Affairs Office at 252-473-2111, ext. 148.

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