While progress is being made on the renovations to the Bodie Island Light at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, much remains to be done before the light is back in action.
The lighthouse, located south of Nags Head just off of North Carolina Highway , is undergoing a massive restoration project this summer. Although the site is a busy and active construction area, the Bodie Island complex remains open to the visiting public, according to park officials. The park visitor center and Eastern National bookstore are open and offer a variety of interpretive programs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week, to the visiting public.
"Like a giant tinker-toy construction set on the horizon, the lighthouse looms in the southwest as you travel south along North Carolina Highway 12 toward Oregon Inlet," park officials said in a release. "The tower and lantern room are encircled by an extensive 2,000-piece scaffolding system and a protective 'shroud' made of nylon-reinforced, weatherproof fabric. Park visitors and engineering enthusiasts can marvel, from a distance, at the complexity of the renovation project and take a short walk on the adjacent boardwalk to view the Lighthouse tower or watch the variety of feeding birdlife in the pond."
According to park officials, work accomplished to date includes:
* Sand blasting of exterior metals is approximately 40 percent complete.
* Stripping and priming of interior metals is approximately 80 percent complete.
* Paint removal on the interior masonry is 85 percent complete.
* Priming of metals on four levels of stairways is 70 percent complete.
* Metal sample patterns have been approved.
* Negative air machine and vacuum system with compressor are in place.
* A security fence installed around the construction site is 100 percent complete.
Work to be accomplished next week:
* Masonry samples and submittals will be completed.
* Stripping of the interior masonry of the tower continues.
* Stripping and then priming of the interior metals will be complete.
* Additional safety equipment and safety station are located on-site.
The project is managed by the National Park Service in conjunction with restoration contractors, United Builders Group, LLC from New Bern, N.C., the prime contractor, Progressive Contracting Company, Inc. from Edenton, N.C., and the metal restoration work will be handled by Enberg Mold and Tool from Jacksonville, Fla.