The federal budget includes $3 million to restore the deteriorating Bodie Island Lighthouse on North Carolina's Outer Banks.
The Associated Press said Thursday that the money is the estimated amount for a complete restoration of the 1872 lighthouse structure north of Oregon Inlet.
Bodie Island Light was damaged when the National Park Service
acquired it in 2000 from the Coast Guard. Some of the 205 metal
steps in the building were corroded and pieces of cast iron
metalwork were missing.
Officials at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore say work should
start in August and run about 18 months. The Light's Fresnel lens
will also be restored.
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