∙Seasonal ORV routes will open 2 weeks earlier in the fall (October 15) and close two weeks later in the spring (April 14) providing an additional month of ORV access in front of the villages.
∙Ten priority ORV routes will open at 6:00 a.m. in May, June, July; open at 6.30 a.m. in August and September; open at 7:00 a.m. in October, November. Non-priority routes will open at 7:00 a.m. Priority routes include Ramps 2, 4, 25, 27, 43, 44, 48, 49, 70, and 72. Previously, all ORV routes were opened at 7:00 a.m. from May 1 until the later of September 15 or when turtle nests had hatched within each route.
∙Annual ORV permits will begin and end on date issued. 7-day permits will be replaced with a 10-day permit.
∙The bypass road was extended north to Ramp 44 and south to the open beach approaching Cape Point and was designated part of the route. This change will reduce the likelihood that access to Cape Point will be closed due to erosion, ocean over wash, or turtle nests within this stretch of beach.
Construction of New Vehicle Access Points
A number of positive infrastructure projects have been authorized and many completed over the course of the past two years.
The NPS identified and prioritized 29 infrastructure projects it deemed important to public access at the Seashore in July, 2013. In March 2015, Superintendent David Hallac initiated a review of those projects with objectives to update both the projects on the list and their priorities. CHAPA met with the NPS on several occasions to provide recommendations for changes, many of which were adopted. Several of the projects identified in 2013 along with several new projects were placed on a fast track to completion due to the Act.
Some of the completed projects are:
∙New ORV Ramp 32 on Hatteras Island was constructed and opened in late summer of 2015.
∙The inside ORV road connecting ramp 49 to ramp 44 was completed in early winter of 2016.
∙New ORV Ramp 48 on Hatteras Island was constructed and opened in late fall of 2015.
∙Plans to construct a new ramp south of ramp 2 on Bodie Island were scrapped and existing ramp 2 was reopened.
∙Plans to construct a new ramp west of ramp 59 on Ocracoke were scrapped and existing ramp 59 will remain open in the future.
∙New ORV bypass extending approximately 2,800 feet from ramp 44 to Cape Point behind dunes was constructed and opened in late January, 2017.
∙Ramp 49 on Hatteras Island was elevated three feet to reduce the threat of flooding similar to what occurred during the fall, winter and spring of 2016. This project was completed in early fall, 2016.
∙Project to elevate Ramp 44 on Hatteras Island by two feet to reduce the threat of flooding similar to what occurred during the fall, winter and spring of 2016 was initiated in late fall of 2016 and will be completed by early spring of 2017.
∙New ORV ramp 63 on Ocracoke was constructed and opened in 2016.