November 22, 2013
Seashore finalizes addition of
new public access facilities
National Park Service is ready to move ahead with adding new public
access facilities at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today the approval of a
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Construction of New
Development that Facilitates Public Access Environment Assessment
(EA). The FONSI was approved on Nov. 18 by the Southeast Region
Office and culminates nearly two years of planning in accordance with
the National Environmental Policy Act.
The issuance of the
FONSI finalizes the Construction of New Development that Facilities
Public Access EA, which will develop 29 public access areas that
include facilities evaluated in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan/EIS and other facilities identified
through agency and public scoping for this EA.
access areas will create or improve 15 parking areas, one paved and two
unpaved roads, five off-road vehicle ramps, five foot paths, 11
accessible boardwalks, and the elevation of an existing flood-prone
These access improvements will facilitate
ORV and pedestrian access to areas of the seashore and increase access
for visitors with disabilities while minimizing conflicts between a
wide variety of recreational users.
The improved access
points will protect the seashore’s natural, cultural, scenic, and
aesthetic aspects, as well as address mutual concerns with local
communities and governments that expressed concerns about potential
safety issues with road shoulder parking along Highway 12.
For more information, click on the following PEPC website link: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsList.cfm?projectID=36714 or call park headquarters at 252-473-2111.
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