Temporary Road Construction
Workers continue to rebuild a slope that failed and cracked the Blue Ridge Parkway. Theyre now building a road that will allow traffic to bypass the repairs. That temporary two lane road is about the length of a football field and it will allow rangers to reopen the road when its completed.
Truck drivers are hauling gravel and bulldozer operators are working through periods of heavy rain to prepare for two lane traffic. In less than a week, crews have removed trees and cut into the mountainside to make room for the additional lanes. Theyre also working to repair a drainage system that failed last month and allowed the slope to slump.
Crews worked through a downpour around noon as they unloaded and graded gravel on the temporary road. Parkway officials say workers cant get as much done when it rains, but they dont expect the weather to get in the way of reopening the parkway by Labor Day.