Fire Island Lighthouse Terrace Repair to Begin

Rafael Cruz

News Release Date: April 14, 2017

James Dunphy, 631-661-4876

The National Park Service announced today that work to
rehabilitate the southwest corner of the Fire Island Lighthouse
terrace, undermined in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy, will begin
on Monday, April 17. Visitor access may be rerouted to the
lighthouse’s northern entrance during the project, slated for
completion by June.

The $1,223,257 contract, awarded to Ocean Construction LLC in
October, 2016, calls for the repair of sections of the historic
brick wall and terrace that flooded during Hurricane Sandy. The
southwest corner of the terrace will be dismantled in order to
rebuild and strengthen the substructure. Brick and pavers will
then be reset and will provide a more evenly sloped surface to
allow for proper drainage. Construction may require closure of
the front door of the Keeper’s Quarters but access to the
lighthouse tower and museum will be available via the Fresnel
Lens Building to the west and from the bay boardwalk to the
north during construction.

The Fire Island Lighthouse area offers exhibits, a nature
trail, interpretive and curriculum-based programs. The
lighthouse is operated by the Fire Island Lighthouse
Preservation Society under a cooperative agreement with the
National Park Service and is open Monday through Friday, 10:00
am to 4:00 pm, and on weekends from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The
lighthouse is located on the west end of Fire Island National
Seashore and is accessible year-round by car. Parking is
available at Robert Moses State Park in parking field #5. For
more information on visiting the lighthouse please visit or
contact 631-661-4876.

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