Work Progressing On Bodie Island Lighthouse

Work is progressing on restoring the Bodie Island Lighthouse on the Outer Banks.

The $3 million project for the 1872 lighthouse was included in the 2009 federal budget. The National Park Service had been trying to obtain funding for the renovation for a couple of years.

The 156-foot lighthouse is now encased in scaffolding with a giant crane helping with the work.

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The Park Service says the exterior scaffolding is 95% complete, while last week they began erecting the interior scaffolding.

The metal contractor is on-site analyzing and beginning to take measurements and make the molds of the ironwork. The Park Service says as much of the original metal will be melted down to retain the integrity of the original metals and then mixed with newer, stronger metals.

When the Park Service acquired the facility from the Coast Guard in 2000, pieces of cast iron metalwork were missing from the top, and the 205 steps of the spiral staircase were also corroding.

Work on the project began last summer and should be completed in about a year.

Ken Mann - Coastal Production Company