The Blue Ridge Parkway has announced that it has implemented a full, two-lane closure to all visitor use between Milepost 355.3 and Milepost 359.8. The closure begins just south of Highway 128, at the entrance to Mount Mitchell State Park, and ends at Walker Knob Overlook. Access to Mount Mitchell State Park remains open to southbound Parkway traffic via State Road 80.
Parkway thru traffic is detoured from Asheville along Highway 70 to I-40 to Highway 226 to Highway 221 and back to Highway 226 to the Parkway. Buses and recreational vehicles are encouraged to take Highway 221 to the Parkway.
The closure and detour will remain in effect until spring of 2013 to ensure public safety while critical slope stabilization repairs are completed on the Parkway. Parkway management apologizes for any inconvenience to our visitors.
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