NCDOT plans project to stop sound’s assault on ferry landing

By on June 20, 2019

Erosion eats away at the Ocracoke landing. (NPS)

Cape Hatteras National Seashore wants to hear opinions on a proposal to install a steel wall and groins at the north end of Ocracoke Island to keep the ferry landing area from going under water.

Erosion from the Pamilco Sound has damaged the ferry basin bulkhead and stacking lanes within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the National Park Service says.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation proposes to install a 1,000-foot-long sheet pile wall, which was recently permitted as an emergency action, and to build groins interspersed with submerged concrete structures.

“The use of both barge mounted pile driving equipment and land-based equipment are proposed for construction. NCDOT would like to begin construction in the spring of 2020,” the Park Service said in a request for public comments.

“An Environmental Assessment (EA) will be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The EA will document the effects of the NCDOT proposed action to the resources within the project area in order to determine what action the National Park Service will authorize NCDOT to perform for shoreline protection. Resource issues and topics may include coastal shoreline processes, human health and safety, wildlife habitat, submerged aquatic vegetation, water resources, and visitor experience.

“The Seashore will take public comments online at from June 20 through July 22 on the proposed project. Comments can also be mailed to: Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954.

“It is anticipated that the EA will be available for public review and comment in the fall of 2019.”

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