Blue Ridge Parkway closures start Monday

Blue Ridge Parkway sections to close for maintenance (Image 1)
Blue Ridge Parkway sections to close for maintenance (Image 1) (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

(Bedford, VA) - A section of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Milepost 90.0 to Milepost 105.8 will close Monday, April 25, 2016, for approximately five weeks in order to make necessary paving repairs to the road and overlooks in the area. Access to Peaks of Otter from the south will be available via VA43. Detour signs will be in place to direct travelers around this area.

During the first month of the project, both lanes in this section will be closed to all activity (cars, bicycles, and hikers) to ensure the safety of Parkway visitors and staff. After May 25, and as the project continues, the full closure will end and Parkway travelers can expect one lane closures through mid-September.

The Blue Ridge Parkway portfolio of paved roads includes bridges, tunnels, parking areas, spur roads, service roads, campground and picnic area roads, and the 469-mile Parkway motor route itself.  Across the Parkway, many of these areas exceed recommended life cycles for pavement and are in need of repairs estimated to total over $300 million. Funding for road maintenance on the Parkway comes in large part from the Highway Trust Fund, which is derived from a federal fuel tax. The Blue Ridge Parkway annually identifies projects and competes for these funds to repair and maintain park roads.

For more information about road closures, please visit the Parkway's Real-Time Road map at maps.nps.gov/blri/road-closures/.