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NPS seeks public comments on plan to protect ferry stacking lanes on Ocracoke

The eroded N.C. 12 at the north end of Ocracoke Island. Photo: C. Leinbach

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) is seeking public input regarding a proposal from the North Carolina Ferry Division to protect the road at the north end of Ocracoke Island.

NCDOT is requesting structural shoreline protection measures to mitigate for severe erosion causing damage to the ferry basin bulkhead and stacking lanes along at the tip of Ocracoke Island within Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The NCDOT’s proposes a 1,000-foot long sheet pile wall, which was recently permitted as an emergency action, and to construct groins interspersed with submerged concrete structures to further protect the eroding shoreline around the ferry stacking lanes.

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.

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 http://parkplanning.nps.gov/caha_shoreline_protection 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.

The Park Service expects the EA to be available for public review and comment in the fall of 2019.

The eroded road at the ferry stacking lanes at the north end of Ocracoke Island. Photo: C. Leinbach

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  1. Imagine this! At long last attention is being paid to this travesty.
    With all the fed and state agencies in play, why is public input an ingredient in the solution?