Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic viewpoint to close Aug. 1 - Oregon Coast Visitors Association

Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic viewpoint to close Aug. 1

Posted by OCVA / May 20, 2011

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

May 16, 2011

Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint to close Aug. 1 for construction

Project to improve west parking lot and lighthouse trail

All access to the Heceta Head Lighthouse will close to the public for approximately eight weeks beginning Aug. 1, 2011.

The US Forest Service (USFS) and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) are partnering to improve the west parking lot and the uneven, erosion-prone half-mile trail leading to the lighthouse. The east parking lot will also close to serve as a staging area for the project contractor. The USFS and OPRD are partnering on the project because the work occurs on lands owned by both.

The project will reshape and repave the west parking lot to improve drainage and repair erosion damage, chronic problems at the site. A new sidewalk leading to the beach will improve accessibility to the beach. Trail rehab work includes installing culverts and shifting parts of the trail into the hillside, a safety move to counter severe erosion. New benches and interpretive signs will be added to the trail, and the trail surface at the lighthouse will be improved.

The historic assistant lighthouse keeper’s house, which the USFS operates through a concessionaire as a bed and breakfast operation, will remain open, although parking will be limited.

Although the parking lot and trail project is expected to take four-eight weeks, much of the work depends on the weather. The project is scheduled for late summer and early fall to take advantage of warmer and drier conditions. The project is funded by a federal highway enhancement grant.

The project is the first phase in a major renovation at the site. Restoration and preservation work on the crumbling 1894 Heceta Head Lighthouse is also scheduled to begin in August 201l. The timeline for the lighthouse work depends on the awarding of a restoration contract, tentatively scheduled for June.  The lighthouse will close for the entirety of its restoration work (as long as two years), but the parking lots and trail will reopen as soon as work on them is complete, probably by Sept. 30, 2011.

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