VINTON, Va. (WFXR) – The National Park Service has announced that over 80 overlooks and parking areas, as well as five picnic areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, will be resurfaced as part of the park’s pavement preservation program.
The project begins the first week of May and will continue through the summer and early-fall.
The paving project will take place from Afton Gap at Milepost 0 to the Blue Ridge Music Center at Milepost 213.
The contractor will start overlay paving work at the northern-most sections of the Parkway and will proceed south, and individual sites will close only while work is occurring.
Work at each overlook is expected to only last a few days while the larger parking areas and picnic areas will last a bit longer.
The picnic areas that will be paved are in the following areas:
|Humpback Rocks||Milepost 8.5|
|Peaks of Otter||Milepost 85.6|
|Smart View||Milepost 154.5|
|Rocky Knob||Milepost 169|
|Groundhog Mountain||Milepost 188.8|
As with any paving project, motorists and park users must exercise caution.
In the interest of visitor safety, park visitors are asked to expect short duration, single-lane closures at overlook, parking area and picnic area entrances while work is being done.
The Blue Ridge Parkway inventory of paved roads includes bridges, tunnels, parking areas, spur roads, service roads, campground and picnic area roads as well as the 469-mile span of the Parkway 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 in good condition good and returning fair sections to good condition.