NPS WORK CREW INSTALL BEACH ACCESS RAMP COUNTERS
Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111, ext. 148
Outer Banks Group Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that National Park Service (NPS) staff will install new traffic counters on five of the beach access ramps beginning March 11, 2009. As a result of recommendations to track ORV usage within Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore), the new system is designed to record traffic at selected beach access ramps that are indicative of ORV usage in the surrounding areas and utilizes methodology based on proven statistical models already in use throughout the NPS system.
The locations for the newly installed traffic counters are:
Installation requires partial closure of each ramp for a period of four hours but access is possible except for Ramp 55. The placement of the traffic counter at Ramp 55 will require total closure of access or egress to and from Hatteras Inlet and the Pole Road during that four hour period of time. If weather conditions permit, Ramp 55 traffic counter installation is scheduled for Thursday, March 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 12: noon.
For further information, please call 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.