Parkway Visitors Can Expect One-Lane Closures in Affected Areas
The National Park Service announced that over 65 miles of the historic motor route, between Milepost 359 and 469, will be resurfaced as part of a pavement preservation program on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Work is expected to start in mid-May and continue through September of 2018. Work locations, within the 65-mile project area, will change weekly, and visitors in active work zones areas should expect single lane closures and delays. The National Park Service appreciates the public’s patience and cooperation during this project.
Work will take place on the following sections of Parkway, from north to south, and include some paved road-side pullouts and parking areas:
As with any road project, motorists and park users must exercise caution. In the interest of visitor safety, park visitors are asked to:
The Blue Ridge Parkway inventory of paved roads includes bridges, tunnels, parking areas, spur roads, service roads, campground and picnic area roads, and the 469-mile Parkway motor route itself. Given the large inventory of paved surfaces along the Parkway, and in order to effectively invest available funding, the pavement preservation strategy focuses on keeping the good sections good and returning fair sections to good condition.
Pavement preservation is becoming a regular road maintenance strategy in national parks. Studies find that for each dollar spent on pavement preservation between $6 and $10 in future pavement rehabilitation costs are saved. Funding for road maintenance in national parks, including the Parkway, comes in large part from the Highway Trust Fund, which is derived from a federal gas tax managed by the Federal Highway Administration.