The road leading to one of Surf City’s top visitor attractions will soon be paved.

Tortuga Lane, the dirt road that leads to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center, is going to get a “basic level of paving,” Surf City Town Manager Larry Bergman said to council members Tuesday night.

“We’re hoping that that work will start very soon,” he said.

The road is traveled by thousands of cars each summer season by tourists who flock to the ever-popular turtle hospital.

The road will be paved at around a cost of $42,000 — money the town has received from the state’s Powell Bill Program.

Tortuga Lane will be paved again once the town completes running water and sewer lines to the hospital, Bergman said.

The town has undertaken efforts to scrape the road since last spring when the hospital’s executive director Jean Beasley urged Surf City council members to address the poor condition of the road.

Beasley told the council last April that hospital volunteers received routine complaints about the state of the road, riddled with potholes, since the new turtle hospital facility opened in town more than three years ago.

The hospital receives more than 60,000 visitors during the 3 ½-month summer season.

The town also plans to push sand on its beachfront before tourism season kicks off Memorial Day weekend.

The town council on Tuesday authorized Bergman to proceed with plans to bulldoze sand and build up the beach in early February.

Town officials hope to receive federal aid to cover the cost of the push in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which swept the North Carolina coast last October.

The project will cost an estimated $250,000. If the town does not receive federal emergency funding the money will be pulled from the town’s coffers.