By Rob Morris on April 5, 2010
Plans to fund 7.9 miles of scenic byway on Hatteras Island were given the go-ahead Monday by the Dare County Board of Commissioners. The board authorized an application for a $1,959,999 million National Scenic Byways grant.
Matching money for the grant to build off-the-road pathways has already been pledged, said Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy, who chairs the Outer Banks Scenic Byways Committee for Dare County.
The balance — $490,001, or 20 percent — will come from contributions and $400,000 from the Hatteras Island Pathways Fund established by the Dare County Tourism Board.
Paved pathways will be built in Avon and in Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo. In Avon, the path will run between access points in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It will start in the northern villages at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building and end in the seashore’s Salvo Day Use Area.
The pathways will provide a safer route than N.C. 12 for walkers, runners and bicyclists and will put a spotlight on historic village centers, according to the grant application. They will become part of the Outer Banks Scenic Byway, which follows the North Carolina coastline for 111 miles from Whalebone Junction through the Core Outer Banks.
The grant must be submitted to the state scenic byway coordinator by April 6. The project is expected to be finished in 2012. The Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Civic Association and the Kinakeet Civic Association have agreed to maintain the pathways once they are built.
Raising the additional $90,001 was truly a community effort, Goodloe-Murphy said. In addition to dozens of individuals and property owners from 11 states, contributions came from the National Park Service, the Cape Hatteras Electric Membership Corp., REAL Watersports, the Greater Kinnakeet Homeowners Inc., Midgett Realty, Outer Beaches Realty, East Carolina Bank, Hatteras Realty, Frank & Fran’s Fisherman’s Friend, Dairy Queen, Spa Koru, Kitty Hawk Kites, Ocean Atlantic Rentals, Hatteras Recycle, Askins Creek Store, the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Civic Association, the Kinakeet Civic Association, Surf or Sound Realty, the Avon Property Owners Association and the Kiwanis Club of Hatteras Island.
“In short,” Goodloe-Murphy said, “this project has a lot of support from a lot of different people.”