Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Temporary Road Closures on Blue Ridge Parkway for Routine Maintenance

Beginning Monday morning, March 17, 2014,and continuing for one week, Blue Ridge Parkway maintenance personnel will be conducting cutting operations along the roadside fromMilepost 16 to Milepost 27 (between ViriginaSR 814 at Love Gap and SR 56). During this period, both lanes of the Parkway in the work zone will be closed to all activity (cars, bicycles, and hikers) to ensure the safety of the maintenance workers as well as Parkway visitors.

Annually, Blue Ridge Parkway maintenance and resource management staff conducts maintenance activities that help control invasive vegetation growth along the Parkway. To help insure safe sight distances and a clear right-of-way, this work requires using a large tractor with a cutting head on a long arm, or boom. This tractor must remain in the travel lanes during operation to properly perform its work while cutting the banks and road shoulders.

Affected sections will close at approximately 7:45 a.m. each weekday and re-open daily about 5:00 p.m. EST from Monday, March 17 to Friday, March 21, 2014. Those who normally commute on the Parkway on Monday through Friday may want to find alternate routes.


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