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    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Improvements to Beach Access Areas Begins

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Date: April 3, 2013
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9000

Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that National Park Service (NPS) contract crews, DOT Construction/Barnhill Contracting Company, have begun repair work on several popular beachside parking areas and beach access ramps on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands this week.The work, expected to be completed by the end of June or earlier in some locations, includes repaving and restriping of parking areas and improvement to the entrance of Ramp 55 and the Pole Road to improve off-road vehicle (ORV) access.

Park visitors can expect to see temporary closures of the parking lots adjacent to Ramp 27 & Ramp 55 and the beginning of the Pole Road, and in the parking area near Milepost 64.5 on Ocracoke Island until the work is completed.The work at the various sites will be coordinated to allow ORV access to the beach via the existing ramps which might include short delays.Ramp 55 will be closed for a short duration as a new section of asphalt is extended approximately 100 feet from the parking lot towards Ramp 55.An exact date for this phase of the work has not been scheduled.

For more information, call 252-475-9034.

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Lightning whelks are one of the few species of

Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.