ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The project completion date for a Roanoke slope repair project underway at milepost 127.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway has been extended until spring 2023.

According to the National Park Service, the extension is due to the unanticipated discovery of a failed culvert in the fill slope that requires replacement. They say — once it is available — a 130-foot pipe be installed, headwalls and drainage elements will be completed, and the pavement will be installed when temperatures allow.

The Parkway is currently closed to all uses.

Service officials say — the full closure from milepost 121.4 to milepost 136 and signed detour around the project, from US 220 (mp 121.4) to Adney Gap at US 221 (mp 136), will remain in place until the work is completed. 

National Park Service says, a spring 2020 store resulted in the full road failure, measuring roughly 150 feet in length at Milepost 127.9. Roadway and geotechnical experts designed and planned a series of repairs for the project. Some repairs included the installation of soil anchors and reconstruction of the fill slopes, to stabilize the area and restore access, safely.

This summer, slope reconstruction has progressed to near-road elevation.