By Submitted Story on March 8, 2021
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Washington Baum Bridge Boating Access Area will soon be renovated to include a section of permeable parking to soak in the rain. The site is heavily used by recreational boaters and anglers, including residents and year-round Dare County visitors providing direct access to Roanoke Sound. It was constructed in 1992 and after years of heavy use, the asphalt parking lot is in need of maintenance.
The majority of the parking lot will be resurfaced while a target section will be replaced with permeable paving grids. Additional maintenance will include improvements to the internal traffic circulation to better meet the demands of increased traffic at the site. The federation was able to match Commission funds with grant funds from the Dare County Tourism Board to ensure an expanded permeable paving component of the project could be included in site improvement. The grant provides an additional 10% to the budget to allow for these improvements.
Once complete, the permeable sections will soak in the rain to reduce the volume of polluted runoff flowing to Roanoke Sound. Specifically, the project will repave 131,500 square feet of asphalt, including the parking area, driveways, turnarounds, and approach lanes. This includes 6,903 square feet of parking area that will use the permeable paving grids.
At this time, the project is expected to begin on or around March 15, 2021 and will conclude by mid-May. During this time, the boat ramp will be temporarily closed as the parking lot renovations are made.