PROVINCETOWN -- The northern parking lot at the Seashore’s Herring Cove Beach, ravaged by winter storms and erosion, is reduced to roughly 10 parking spaces, down from 200.
Come the fall, the Seashore will begin a construction project to move the parking lot inland by about 200 feet and raise it by five feet, the Seashore’s chief of maintenance, Karst Hoogeboom, told the Provincetown select board on Monday.
The project will require the widening of sections of Province Lands Road, but when completed in late spring of next year the 200 former spots will be replaced, Hoogeboom said.
There will also be a 10-foot multi-directional bicycle lane, 12 handicap-accessible parking spaces and four paths to the beach with access mats. The Seashore will construct a new restroom building at the north end of the lot. The previous restroom was demolished in April.
Hoogeboom estimated the cost at $4.3 million. He said the new lot would have a lifespan of 50 years before it’s endangered by erosion again.
He said that the chunks of asphalt and other storm debris still on the beach will be cleared away in time for the start of the season.
Herring Cove's southern lot still has its 400 parking spaces.