(WFXR) – Managers of the National Park Service are reminding visitors and neighbors along the Blue Ridge Parkway that winter weather conditions can develop quickly which could cause temporary closers along the 469-mile stretch of one of the country’s most scenic drives.
Several locations along the Parkway have active winter maintenance activities.
To view these areas, click here.
Maintenance being conducted includes drainage cleaning, brush clearing, leaf litter removal and hazardous tree work are all normally done this time of year when traffic is less.
Due to heavy equipment use, the work requires a full, two-lane closure to all visitor activity (cars, bicycles and hikers) to ensure the safety of workers as well as park visitors.
Affected sections close around 8 a.m. and will re-open by 4 p.m. each weekday.
Impacted sections of the route will open on the weekend, weather permitting.
Locations and planned dates for winter maintenance closures are available on the Blue Ridge Parkway’s website at the link above.
Winter weather can impact access to the Parkway for extended periods of time due to the man north-facing slopes, tunnels, high elevation areas and limited sight distances.
Ice and snow regularly shut down sections of the Parkway during the winter months.
Find the interactive roadway map that shows conditions along the Blue Ridge Parkway by clicking here.