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Rodanthe Boat Launch to Close for Upgrades

The Myrna Peters Road boat launch area in Rodanthe is a natural soundside boating launching area. Photo: Dare County

A soundside boat launch area in Rodanthe will be closed most of the spring and into the summer while a new ramp and dock are built and asphalt is poured to create a parking lot.

The boat launch at the end of Myrna Peters Road is a natural boating launching area that provides access to the Pamlico Sound, directly north of the emergency ferry dock.

Construction of the new boat ramp will begin on April 5 and should be completed in about 90 days. The area will stay closed for 60 more days while work on the roadway and parking is completed, according to Dare County.

The new ramp will have a two-lane boat dock with a 60-foot-long center floating dock and courtesy platform. The ramp will extend 17 feet into the water of the T-shaped harbor that will connect with a federal navigation channel called Blackmar Gut before leading into the Pamlico Sound.

New asphalt will be poured for 14-16 parking spaces for vehicles with trailers and a 30-foot-long vegetated buffer will be constructed along the southern edge of the boat ramp.

Construction of Phase 1 of the project, which includes the boat ramps, dock and bulkhead, will be performed by an in-house North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission crew. Phase 2 will be a contracted project for all upland parking lot work and related site work. There are no wetlands impacts proposed by the project.

Rodanthe Soundside Launch Area will be closed for several months while a new dock and parking lot is built. Image: Dare County

Plans for the proposed boat ramp and dock have been underway since March 2017, when Dare County hosted a public open house at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building to present and gain feedback on two potential boat ramp layouts.

The land where the Rodanthe Boating Access Area will be constructed is owned by Dare County, which has partnered with the Wildlife Resources Commission on the project. For more information, visit www.DareNC.com/Projects or contact project manager Brent Johnson at Brent.Johnson@DareNC.com or 252-475-5628.

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