Oregon Inlet boat ramp, parking lot closed for a fresh coat of asphalt

Crews were working in front of the boat ramp on Tuesday. [FHWA photo]

The Federal Highway Administration has been repaving the Oregon Inlet boat ramp parking lot this week as part of its pavement preservation project at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

“As long as the weather cooperates and asphalt deliveries are consistent, they anticipate finishing this portion of the project by end of day this Friday,” said National Park Service spokesperson Mike Barber.

“If not completed, they will reopen the parking lot Friday and return at a later date to complete this portion,” Barber said.

The Oregon Inlet boat ramp parking lot will receive a three-quarter inch layer of asphalt pavement overlay on top of the existing pavement. The asphalt overlay will protect and lengthen the life of the existing pavement.

While the boat ramps are closed, Cape Hatteras National Seashore recommends boaters use the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s Washington Baum Bridge Boating Access Area, located at the west end of the Washington Baum Bridge in Manteo. The reopening of the Oregon Inlet boat ramp parking lot will be announced on the Seashore’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

In April 2019, the FHWA began a project to preserve approximately 43 miles of paved roads and parking areas within Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial. The contractor for the $6.9 million project is Bryant’s Land & Development Industries, Inc. from Burnsville, North Carolina.