Cape Hatteras Lighthouse behind dunes with sea oats

Public Scoping Newsletter May 2022

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (the Seashore) would like to hear your input as we develop plans to construct a multi-use path along Lighthouse Road in the Hatteras District. Connectivity in and near the Seashore is an important component of the park's purpose to provide access and opportunities for the benefit and enjoyment of visitors. Lighthouse Road provides access from North Carolina Highway 12 (NC12) and the village of Buxton to popular visitor use areas within this park district.

A new pathway would provide users originating in the village of Buxton with a resilient, safe, and accessible non-motorized route to many of the Park's key visitor use areas including the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Visitor Center and museum, Old Lighthouse parking and beach area. This pathway would also be enhanced with wayfinding, interpretive messaging, and benches.

Three preliminary alternatives are currently being considered:
Alternative 1: Construction of a 4' wide path on each side of Lighthouse Road as approved in the 1984 General Management Plan.

Alternative 2: Construction of a separated 8-10' wide multi-use pathway with a 3-5' vegetative buffer parallel to Lighthouse Road.

Alternative 3: Expand Lighthouse Road to create an 8' wide bicycle lane on the existing road from NC12 only to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Old Lighthouse parking area. There would be no vegetative buffer

Public participation is an important element of the planning process, and we welcome your ideas, concerns, suggestions, and potential topics for consideration.

Please share your comments no later than June 22, 2022. Thank you.
Comment Period: Closed        05/24/2022 - 06/22/2022
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