Ahead of Schedule, Gay Head Light Move Set to Begin Thursday

The Gay Head Light move is now expected to begin around mid-day Thursday, project managers for the relocation project said today. Favorable soil and weather conditions and the fine-tuned coordination of contractors working at the site has put the project well ahead of schedule.

How to Move a Lighthouse? Step One: Dig a Really Big Hole

About 3,500 tons of soil, boulders and clay have been removed from around the Gay Head Light and its new location 129 feet to the east. Contractors are now working to install steel beams underneath the lighthouse. The move is expected to begin in early June.

Economics of Lighthouse Move Trickle Down to Local Shops

With the Gay Head Light relocation project under way and temporary parking rules in place at Aquinnah Circle, shop owners at the cliffs are hoping to weather the changes and eventually to benefit from the publicity surrounding the move.

With Month to Go Before Move, Rapid Progress at Gay Head Light

Site preparation for the Gay Head Light relocation is progressing quickly, with the excavation work nearly complete, and the actual move now planned to begin on June 10. The lighthouse now sits 46 feet from the eroding Gay Head Cliffs.

Smaller But More Delicate, Original Gay Head Lantern Also Prepares for Relocation

As the Gay Head Lighthouse begins its relocation, a similar, if much smaller, move is being prepared. The original Gay Head lantern will be moved from the Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s Edgartown location to Vineyard Haven.

Following Discovery of Rare Plant, Lead in Soil, Lighthouse Move Begins

After more than two years of planning, the Gay Head Light relocation project got under way early this week — and then encountered a new hurdle with the discovery of soil contaminated by lead. Permanently removing the contaminated soil is expected to cost about $600,000, but most of the soil is expected to be removed only temporarily.

Gay Head Light Secured as Relocation Project Begins

The Gay Head Light relocation project is under way on Monday morning.

Final Hurdle Cleared for Gay Head Light Move

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has approved an 11th-hour conservation plan for protecting the endangered broad tinker’s weed near the Gay Head Light, clearing the way for the final phases of the relocation project. Ground-breaking for the project is expected to take place Monday.

Crowds Turn Out to Say Bon Voyage to Gay Head Light

A steady stream of visitors on Saturday made one last visit to the Gay Head Light, which will soon be moved 190 feet from the eroding cliffs looking out toward Cuttyhunk and Rhode Island in the distance.

Move Begins for Gay Head Light

Final preparations for relocating the Gay Head Light have begun. The Coast Guard was at work installing a temporary beacon Tuesday. The last day to visit the lighthouse in its current location is Saturday.

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