The Coast Guard has selected International Chimney to move Cape Cod-Highland Light. International Chimney was the company that successfully moved the 1800 ton Southeast Light on Block Island back from the eroding cliff in 1994 and did major restoration work on Cape Hatteras Light.
Work has already begun to move the lighthouse to its new location away from the 130 foot cliff. The new location will be 450 feet inland of its present position.
Other work that will be preformed as part of this relocation work includes; the addition of public restrooms adjacent to the Highland House Museum, new parking areas, new pedestrian walkways to the relocated lighthouse and a new scenic overlook at the former lighthouse location.
The cost of moving the tower and keepers house will cost one and a half million dollars. For those that are planning on attending the Cape Cod Maritime Week and the New England Lighthouse Convention on May 11-12, this will be the last time you will be able to view Cape Cod Light at its present location.
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