A project to remove Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier and its pier house is set to begin in December. The removal project was awarded to DOT Construction of Beaufort, and is expected to be completed by Spring 2018.
Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier, also known as Frisco Pier, was opened to the public in 1962. The pier was originally 20 feet wide and 500 feet long, but has sustained damage from numerous hurricanes and other severe weather over the years.
In 2010, the damage caused by Hurricane Earl was so severe that the pier and pier house were closed to the public and have not reopened. Structural failures continue as debris, including large timbers containing rusted lag bolts and nails, regularly falls off the structure and creates public safety hazards.
In September 2013, the National Park Service reached an agreement with the pier’s private owner on the possessory interest value of the structures, which included the pier, pier house and parking lot. During the removal of the pier and pier house, parking will not be available. After the pier and pier house are removed, the service will begin planning for a project to improve the parking lot and provide restroom facilities.