Bodie Island Lighthouse Restoration Will Resume
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:
Project update reports will be issued periodically.For more information, contact the Public Affairs Office at 252-473-2111 ext. 148.
Did You Know?
In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.