Lighthouse work to resume in February
Restoration work at the Bodie Island Lighthouse will resume next month, after being delayed for a year because more problems were found and a lack of money to pay for the added repairs.
National Park Service Outer Banks Group Superintendent Mike Murray announced this week that a $1.89 million contract has been awarded for the continued restoration.
According to a news release, the National Park Service Denver Service Center has issued a notice to proceed with the award of contract to the prime contractor, United Builders Group, LLC of New Bern.
The previous restoration project contract was terminated in Spring 2011 after significant new structural integrity issues were found in many of the main support beams under the balcony.
The additional repairs needed were too costly to finish in the original restoration project and therefore work ceased. The contractor demobilized and was off-site by April 20, 2011.
Funding requests have since been approved to complete the restoration work this fiscal year, with an expected completion date of October 2012.The work will include the following renovations:
» Restore deteriorated metal
» Restore components on the lantern level (support beams, masonry, railing/ladder)
» Replace galley cornice segments
» Paint interior and exterior masonry
» Replace windows and glass on lantern level
» Repair the Oil house marble floor and roof, install new windows
» Paint all newly installed metals/wood
» Install fire suppression system and rehabilitate electrical power
» Install stair strengtheners
A protective shroud placed around the top of the lighthouse when the original restoration work stopped was torn away by Hurricane Irene in August.
National Park Service Outer Banks Group Deputy Superintendent Darrell Echols said in December that the lantern room is built to handle the elements, and the lighthouse was not being damaged from the exposure.
“There are tracks in the floor designed to moved water out if it gets inside,” Echols said. ”No water is entering the tower whatsoever.”
The priceless Fresnel lens was removed from the lighthouse before renovations began, and it remains in a secure location away from the Bodie Island Light Station.
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