On Tuesday morning, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) began a one-year project to preserve many of the paved roads and parking areas within Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial.
The contractor for the $6.9 million project is Bryant’s Land & Development Industries, Inc. from Burnsville, North Carolina. Work will consist of pavement preservation treatment (thin overlay, chip seal, and microsurfacing), asphalt patching, crack cleaning and sealing, and striping.
Over the next two months, pavement preservation work will be completed along Lighthouse Road in Buxton, the Cape Point and Frisco Campgrounds, public parking areas in the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse district, Sandy Bay and Frisco Day Use Areas, and Billy Mitchell Airstrip.
After a three month summer break, (between the Friday before Memorial Day and Labor Day), work will begin to preserve some paved roads and parking areas on Ocracoke Island, followed by additional preservation work on Hatteras and Bodie Islands.
Once work is completed within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the contractor will begin working at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial. The pavement preservation project is expected to be fully completed next spring.
Full road closures are not anticipated during the project, however, delays will occur due to temporary one-lane closures.
Temporary closures of parking areas and campground loops will occur while preservation work is being done in those areas. The National Park Service will regularly publish progress updates, notifications of temporary construction closures, and project photos to a new web page dedicated to keeping the public informed during this complex project. The webpage is located at: http://go.nps.gov/obg_pavement.