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January 18, 2010

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Contract awarded for pilings around BT-11 target range

January 15, 2010 1:05 PM
Havelock News

Cherry Point has awarded a contract to place 10 navigational pilings with warning signs around restricted areas at the BT-11 bombing target at Piney Island.

The $78,716 contract went to the Tesoro Corporation, of Virginia Beach, Va.

BT-11 is located near the juncture of Neuse River and Pamlico Sound in Carteret County. The contract calls for the work to be completed by April 11.

According to a release from Cherry Point, the placement of the pilings does not modify or expand existing security areas or change the configuration of the scope of military training at the bombing ranges.

Restricted areas already appear on navigational charts for the area.

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources approved the placement of the additional pilings on Dec. 8. The markers are designed to better inform boaters of the restricted area to prevent inadvertent entry of what can be dangerous areas where military aircraft sometimes train with live ammunition.

The prohibited area consists of a 1.8-mile radius area centered on a target in Rattan Bay. The water and land in this area is closed to the public at all times.

Another restricted area is at Newstump Point and a third is along the west coast of Piney Island between Marsh Point and North Bay. Each of those restricted areas has a radius of one half mile around a defined point. Both of these areas are open for public navigation at night, but there is no access in these areas during the day.

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