Ramp 48 and 1-mile of Inside Road will open on Nov. 23
National Park Service will open the new off-road vehicle Ramp 48 and a
1-mile section of the new "Inside Road" in Frisco with a small ribbon
cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 23.
The opening of Ramp 48 and the 1-mile section of the new Inside
Road will facilitate ORV access to a stretch of beach in time for the
upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and for fall fishing visitors to the Cape
Hatteras National Seashore.
Anyone interested in attending the ribbon cutting ceremony should meet
at the parking area adjacent to the Billy Mitchell Airstrip near Frisco
at 10:45 a.m. on Monday.
Ramp 48 is the third of several beach access projects planned for the
seashore’s future and marks the third time in a little over two years
the park has expedited construction to increase the number of
facilities for improved access to the beaches of the seashore.
The Inside Road will eventually connect Ramps 48 and 49 in Frisco with
the ramps in the Buxton area, so that vehicles can pass behind closed
areas of the beach. The remaining section of the Inside Road will
open soon after construction is completed this winter.
The opening of Ramp 32, with an accompanying new beach trail, was
completed in August 2015 and Ramp 25, with adjacent handicap accessible
boardwalk, was completed in September 2014. Planning for these
projects was completed in an Environmental Assessment in 2012 that gave
consideration to new parking areas, paved and two unpaved roads, ORV
ramps, foot paths, ADA accessible boardwalks, and the elevation of an
existing flood-prone road section.
One more project to provide more vehicle access, Ramp 63 on Ocracoke Island, is scheduled to begin this winter.