Beach Access Ramp Improvement Update
Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111, ext. 148
Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that National Park Service (NPS) crews began repair work on Ramps 44 and 45 near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse this week. Park visitors can expect to see temporary closures of Ramp 44, Ramp 45 and the Interdunal Road between the two ramps. The work at the various sites will be coordinated to allow ORVs to access the beach and bypass the construction areas via alternate routes.
During the construction work on Ramp 44, an alternate route to Cape Point via the Cape Point Campground and Ramp 45 will allow traffic to access the beach. Conversely, Ramp 44 will reopen while work to Ramp 45 is completed. Ramp 43 is open with ORV access .04 of a mile to the north and .01 of a mile to the south, however, a sea turtle nest protection area, located one tenth of a mile south, currently precludes through access to Cape Point from Ramp 43.
The minor repairs to these popular beach access ramps will be accomplished as quickly as possible with planned alternate routes for ORV users to continue to access their favorite fall fishing spots. For more information, call 252-473-2111 ext. 124.
Did You Know?
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.