Part of Blue Ridge Parkway to remain closed into the spring
ROANOKE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Work to repair part of the Blue Ridge Parkway will continue into next year.
The National Park Service says the slope repair project taking place at milepost 127.9 in the Roanoke area has been extended into the spring.
According to a release, this is due to the discovery of a failed culvert in the fill slope, which now needs to be completely replaced.
Once the culvert becomes available, a 130-foot pipe will be installed along with headwalls and drainage elements. When temperatures allow, the area will be paved.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is closed between milepost 121.4 and milepost 136 and a detour has been put in place taking drivers around the closure.
They will get on to Franklin Road SW and then Electric Road before taking Brambleton Avenue, which turns into Bent Mountain Road.
Finally, drivers will take Clover Hill Road to get back to the parkway.
This will remain in place until the work to fix the culvert and slope has been completed.
The parkway in this area is closed to all forms of recreation, including cyclists and pedestrians due to the presence of heavy equipment and contractors.
The slope failed back in a spring 2020 storm, damaging about 150 feet at milepost 127.9.
Experts have designed a series of repairs, including soil anchors and fill slope reconstruction, in order to stabilize the area.
Throughout this summer, progress has been made and the reconstruction is near road elevation.
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