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Parkway announces summer paving plans

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Visitors can expect one-lane closures in the affected areas

Staff Report

The National Park Service will resurface over 115 miles of pavement on the Blue Ridge Parkway this summer.

Work is expected to start in late May and continue through November, with no work scheduled during October. Work locations, within scheduled project areas, will change weekly and visitors in active work zone areas should expect single lane closures and delays.

Work will take place on the following sections of Parkway, and includes the paved road-side pullouts:

• Milepost 175-217, Mabry Mill to Cumberland Knob area (42 miles). This includes the area around the Blue Ridge Music Center near Galax, at milepost 213.

• Milepost 241-262, Doughton Park to West Jefferson area (21 miles).

• Milepost 292-345, Cone Memorial Park to N.C. Minerals Museum area (53 miles).

As with any road project, motorists and park users must exercise caution. In the interest of visitor safety, park visitors are asked to:

• Check the Parkway’s Real Time Road Map for regularly updated work zone information.

• Expect delays while work takes place Monday through Friday. Lane closures will be managed with flagging operations and a pilot car to lead traffic through work zones.

• Observe reduced speed limits in work zones, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; to maintain safe operations and allow for proper curing of pavement.

• Anticipate loose gravel on the road surface during pavement curing times. Bicyclists and motorcyclists are asked to exercise extreme caution as loose gravel on top of the paved surface, during the required curing time, could result in loss of control. On-site message boards will recommend alternate routes.

• When circumstances prevent bicyclists from keeping up with traffic, dismount and move off of the road to let the on-coming traffic pass when traveling through a single lane closure.

For more information, visit nps.gov/blri/.