NPS awards contract for Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton multi-use pathway

By on September 26, 2023

Rendering of improved Cape Hatteras Light Station grounds.

The National Park Service recently awarded two contracts for work in Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Hatteras Island District in Buxton, North Carolina. Construction activities along Lighthouse Road and at the Cape Hatteras Light Station are expected to begin in the coming months.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

A $19.2 million contract was awarded to Stone & Lime Historic Restoration Services, Inc. (North Brookfield, Massachusetts) on Sept. 25, 2023, to repair the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

Designed and constructed in 1868-1870, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is an iconic symbol of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998. Threatened by coastal erosion, the lighthouse and associated buildings were moved inland 2,900 feet to their current sites in 1999.

During the 18-month project, Stone & Lime Historic Restoration Services, Inc. will perform the following work inside and outside of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse:
  • Rehabilitate the interior and restore the exterior of the lighthouse.
  • Repaint the interior and exterior of the lighthouse.
  • Restore important architectural components, including missing pediments over the lighthouse windows and missing interior doors.
  • Repair and repoint masonry, remove corrosion and repair metal elements.
  • Remove the metal weight track from the lighthouse.
  • Install new railing using a non-corrosive metal on the lantern balcony.
  • Remove existing rotating light beacon and metal platform from the lantern and replace with a replica of the original first-order Fresnel lens. The replica lens will be the same size and overall appearance as the original, but LED lights will be used inside the lens.
  • Rehabilitate and repair the Oil House.
  • Remove the existing vinyl perimeter fence around the lighthouse and replace with a replica of the original (pre-1920) decorative metal octagonal fence with granite bases.
  • Fabricate and install a replica stockade fence around both the Principal Keeper’s Quarters and Double Keepers’ Quarters (Museum of the Sea) to match the look and feel of the original landscape of the early historic period (1870-1890s).
  • Create a new walkway from the parking lot to improve pedestrian circulation, wayfinding, interpretation and the visitor experience.
  • Relocate the Keepers of the Light Amphitheater stones to provide interpretation of the lighthouse keeper’s role.

“Our work ahead represents one of the most significant efforts to repair and restore this American icon – a hallmark of the Hatteras Island community,” said David Hallac, superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina. “The Seashore moved the Cape Hatteras Light Station to a location safe from the ocean over two decades ago. Today, we continue the important tradition of stewardship through this significant investment that will restore the lighthouse’s condition and bring back character defining architectural features as they were in 1870. In addition to the restoration work, improvements to the landscape will result in a more enjoyable and immersive experience.”

Visitors can expect scaffolding to surround the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for much of the multi-year project. Lighthouse climbing opportunities will likely not be possible until the summer of 2026. For project updates, visit


Map showing two segments of the multi-use pathway project. The construction of Segment 1 was awarded to Terra Site Constructors LLC.

Multi-use pathway

A $3.2 million contract was awarded to Terra Site Constructors LLC (Front Royal, Virginia) on Sept. 22, 2023, to build an approximately 1.25 mile-long, 10-12-foot-wide paved multi-use pathway from the intersection of N.C. Highway 12 and Lighthouse Road in Buxton to the Cape Hatteras Light Station and Old Lighthouse Beach Access. The contractor will also fabricate educational exhibits at several locations, including along the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move path.

Construction of the multi-use pathway between N.C. Highway 12 and the Cape Hatteras Light Station will improve visitor safety along a busy park road. Cape Hatteras National Seashore expects the pathway to be open for public use by the summer of 2024.

“We deeply appreciate the tremendous financial support provided by Outer Banks Forever and their donors for this important project,” stated National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac.

“Outer Banks Forever appreciated the opportunity to partner with the Seashore to provide safer visitor access to the historic Cape Hatteras Light Station and Old Lighthouse Beach,” stated Outer Banks Forever Executive Director Jessica Barnes. “We are grateful for our lead sponsors the Cape Hatteras Electrical Cooperative, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and REAL Watersports, along with Carolina Brewery, Vacasa and the many other organizations, businesses and individuals in the Outer Banks community who helped make this project a reality.”

Hallac continued: “Donations helped to support the design and construction of the new pathway that will connect walkers, joggers and bicyclists to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and path where the lighthouse was moved in 1999. I am pleased that the path also connects to Old Lighthouse Beach, the original site of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and a location world-renowned for surfing and other watersports.”



Barnhill Contracting Company will receive sealed proposals for Manns Harbor – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-8), Kitty Hawk – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-9), Manteo – Youth Center on January 09, 2024. Times to be given on via addendum #01. See the following SCOPE OF WORK: BP 100 – General Trades, BP 105 – Final Cleaning, BP 205 – Demolition, BP 390 – Turnkey Concrete, BP 400 – Turnkey Masonry, BP 500 – Turnkey Structural Steel & Misc. Steel, BP 505 – Light Gauge Metal Trusses, BP 740 – Roofing, BP750 – Siding, BP 790 – Caulking/Sealants, BP 800 – Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware/Toilet Specialties/Accessories/Division 10, BP 840 – Curtainwall/Storefront/Glass/Glazing, BP 925 – Drywall/Framing, BP 960 – Resilient Flooring/Carpet/Base/Epoxy, BP 980 – Acoustical Ceilings, BP 990 – Painting and Wall Coverings, BP 1230 – Finish Carpentry and Casework, BP 1250 – Window Treatments, BP 2100 – Fire Protection, BP 2200 – Plumbing, BP 2300 – HVAC, BP 2600 – Electrical, BP 3100 – Earthwork/Turnkey Site, BP 3213- Site Concrete, BP 3290 – Landscaping. Scopes of work may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager.

Bid Location and Time: Bid opening will be held in the Barnhill Contracting Rocky Mount Training & GPS Technology Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Time is as follows: January 09, 2024 at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Times per packages to be given on via addendum #01.

Barnhill Contracting Company will receive, open, and read publicly all bids received in person in the Training & GPS Technology Room at the main office and listed with the virtual viewing at the link to be posted on Barnhill’s Plan Room.

Bids will not be accepted from bidders that are not pre-qualified. No facsimile or email submissions are permitted. Sealed bids are to be hand delivered to the bid opening location noted above or mailed Sealed Bids can be delivered before 9:00am the day of the bid to the Barnhill Contracting Company Office at 800 Tiffany Blvd., Suite 200 Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Attention “Clint Hardison.”

The pre-bid meeting will be held in Person & Zoom Meeting on December 06, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Barnhill Contracting’s Rocky Mount Main Conference Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

The pre-bid meeting link can be located on Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( and below. A preferred brand alternates meeting will be held via the same link at the end of the Prebid meeting.

Bid Documents can be viewed or downloaded through Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( after 12/04/2023.

All Bidders are strongly encouraged to include opportunities for HUB participation wherever possible in their respective Bid submission.  HUB participation is a part of this contract and must comply with all requirements set forth in the Bid Documents.

The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to add pre-qualified bidders. The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to reject any and all bids. Should you require additional direction, please call Barnhill Contracting Company, (Clint Hardison – 252-802-0740).

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  • mom


    Wednesday, Sep 27 @ 7:46 am
  • Luminous

    Creating and installing a replica for the original first-order Fresnel lens is a great idea. The beacon now used gets the job done but looks very much out of place.

    Wednesday, Sep 27 @ 10:11 am