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Lack Of Funds Taking Toll On State's National Park Sites

Posted August 20, 2001 1:52 a.m. EDT

— North Carolina's nine national park sites are in need of repairs, but there is not enough money around to maintain a basic level of upkeep.

Paul Winegar of the National Park System's southeast regional office in Atlanta says the lack of funds has led to a backlog that would cost at least $125 million to address.

The visitors center at the Wright Brothers Memorial at Kitty Hawk has been closed since November because of a leaky roof. Workers are expected to replace the roof soon.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has been closed for more than a month after a chunk of an iron stairway support broke loose in June. Park officials didn't know about the support because there is not enough money to perform detailed inspections.

At the Guilford Courthouse, site of a pivotal Revolutionary War battle, downed trees present a fire risk and several buildings need repair.