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    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Bodie Island Lighthouse Restoration Will Resume

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Date: January 18, 2012
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

Superintendent Mike Murray announced this week that a $1.89 million contract has been awarded to resume restoration of the famed Bodie Island Lighthouse located near Oregon Inlet. The National Park Service (NPS) Denver Service Center has issued a notice to proceed with the award of contract to the prime contractor, United Builders Group, LLC from New Bern, North Carolina.

The previous restoration project contract was terminated in Spring 2011 after significant new structural integrity issues were found in many of the main support beams under the balcony.The additional repairs needed were too costly to finish in the original restoration project and therefore work ceased.The contractor demobilized and was off-site by April 20, 2011.NPS funding requests have since been approved to complete the restoration work in FY2012.

The new project is expected to begin in late February 2012 and be completed in October 2012.The work will include the following renovations:

  • Restore deteriorated metal
  • Restore components on the lantern level (support beams, masonry, railing/ladder)
  • Replace galley cornice segments
  • Paint interior and exterior masonry
  • Replace windows and glass on lantern level
  • Repair the Oil house marble floor and roof, install new windows
  • Paint all newly installed metals/wood
  • Install fire suppression system and rehabilitate electrical power
  • Install stair strengtheners

Project update reports will be issued periodically.For more information, contact the Public Affairs Office at 252-473-2111 ext. 148.

Did You Know?

A navigational chart showing Cape Hatteras and Diamond Shoals

When the Home sank on Diamond Shoals off of Cape Hatteras in 1837, there were only two life jackets for all 130 people on board. Ninety people died. Congress passed the Steamboat Act the next year, requiring all vessels to carry one life jacket per passenger.