April 18, 2014

Park Service begins construction
of Ramp 25 on Hatteras

Construction is underway for the National Park Service’s new ramp between Avon and Salvo on Hatteras Island in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The new oceanside Ramp 25, located between Ramps 23 and 27 and funded with ORV fee monies, is one of several proposed construction projects to facilitate beach access for the public – both ORVs and pedestrians -- as part of the final Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan for the seashore.

The contractor is DOT Construction/Barnhill Contracting Company.

The project includes:

  • Creation of a 30-foot wide sand/shell mix ramp leading from Highway 12 to the beach.
  • Modification of the dune to create a gentle slope for ORV traffic while maintaining a crest height similar to the existing dune landscape.
  • A boardwalk that will be constructed parallel to the new ramp to provide for pedestrian access.  The boardwalk will be ADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliant.

The total construction project is expected to be completed by late summer.  All public entry to the area is prohibited during construction. 

In addition, three other contracts on Ocracoke Island are nearing completion.

The Ocracoke Soundside Ramp and Silver Lake Marina dock projects, both Hurricane Sandy funding projects, received major renovations and will be ready for use later this spring.

Some improvements at the Ocracoke Soundside Ramp include:

  • New finger piers
  • Replacement of broken concrete ramps
  • Replacement of failed wooden bulkheads on both sides of the boat ramp with new vinyl sheet pile bulkheads.

The Silver Lake Marina dock project includes:

  • New decking material
  • New electric and water service
  • Newly installed electric and water pedestals and boat cleats

The Ocracoke Campground water-line project, in the final stages and funded with annual cyclic maintenance monies, will be partially completed by opening day, Friday, April 18, for the 2014 camping season.  The entire campground will be opened the first week of May. 

For more information, please contact the park at 252-473-2111 or for general information check the park website at www.nps.gov/caha.

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