NPS Improvements Begin on Hatteras Island Beach Access Ramps
Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111, ext. 148
Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that National Park Service (NPS) crews will begin repair work on several popular Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) beach access ramps on Hatteras Island this week. The work is expected to begin this week and be completed by early October. Park visitors can expect to see temporary closures of Ramp 44, Ramp 45, the Interdunal Road between the two ramps, and Ramp 49 while the work is completed. The work at the various sites will be coordinated to allow ORVs to access the beach and bypass the construction areas via alternate routes.
In the flood prone area of Ramp 44, the work will concentrate on elevating and stabilizing the roadbed to alleviate conditions that allow water to stand for extended periods of time. The work begins Wednesday, September 16 and will be completed by Friday, September 25. An alternate route via the Cape Point Campground will allow traffic to access the beach from Ramp 45.
The rehabilitation of the Interdunal Road, Ramp 45, and Ramp 49 will be graded sequentially beginning September 28 and continuing through October 10, 2009.
“The minor facelifts 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” said Superintendent Murray. For more information, call 252-473-2111 ext. 124.
Did You Know?
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.