Access to the Coast Guard Beach in Eastham will be closed Tuesday, May 21.
Access to the Coast Guard Beach in Eastham will be closed Tuesday, May 21, from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM so seashore staff can create an accessible path in advance of the summer season.
Storm damage, construction affecting access at seashore locations; reduction in programming
Due to erosion, there is no beach access at Nauset Light and Marconi beaches. Access at the Marconi Site is limited. Parts of the Nauset Marsh and Red Maple Swamp trails are closed. Nauset Bike Trail construction is underway. More »
Province Lands Bike Trail Improvements Completed for Now
Contact: George E. Price, Jr. Superintendent, 508-771-2144
Cape Cod National Seashore has reopened the entire Province Lands Bike Trail following rehabilitation of a 3.2 mile section that began in October. The contractor has completed the construction phase of the project and will return in the spring to finish the center line striping and removal of wattles and silt fencing. Some wattles and silt fencing were left in place near wetlands for continued protection of these areas.
Three of the five phases of the work scheduled for this bike trail are now complete. During this most recent phase, the bike trail asphalt was recycled and mixed in with new asphalt and laid down in the same foot print but with a 10 foot width; a 6” to 8’’ base of dense grade was deposited; in low areas the path was elevated a little to alleviate problems with standing water; a stretch of trail that was hazardous due to a steep grade has been removed and rerouted; a pull-out was created in the new section of trail to provide the opportunity to view Race Point Light; two existing timber retaining walls were rebuilt and two new ones were installed; the two tunnels were re-worked without comprising their structural integrity in any way; and protruding bolt heads were re-welded and ground for a smoother surface.
New flashing lights and signage will be installed at entrances to the tunnels to alert visitors to hazards. Several access points that the contractor used will stay in place for quicker emergency responses. The National Park Service will re-install safety and informational signs in the spring. Many residents have given high marks to the renovated sections. Seashore officials hope to be able to proceed with the final two phases in the near future.
Did You Know?
In 1959, Massachusetts Senators John F. Kennedy and Leverett Saltonstall introduced the legislation that led to the creation of Cape Cod National Seashore. Two years later, in 1961, then-President John F. Kennedy signed into law Public Law 87-126 which authorized Cape Cod National Seashore.