LURAY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- People taking a drive on Skyline Drive will notice some improvements.

According to a release, the Great American Outdoors Act Legacy Restoration Fund served as the driving force behind improvements on one of the most iconic roads in the National Park Service.

The Skyline Drive preservation project cost $15 million and took 18 months to complete, making repairs and restoring 56 miles and 19 overlooks of the scenic byway through the Shenandoah National Park.

“Visitors travel to Shenandoah National Park to experience the natural and cultural landscapes,” said Superintendent Pat Kenney. “As a result of these projects, the park’s 1.5 million annual visitors will continue to encounter breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley and Virginia Piedmont from Skyline Drive and while exploring park facilities, will be immersed in the natural features they seek.”

Drivers and cyclists will find a smoother ride now that distressed pavement has been repaired, shoulders have been stabilized, pavement and road markings have been enhanced, and road surfaces treated to boost their structural integrity and extend road life.

The GAOA is also funding a project to remove obsolete structures and to restore native conditions in the Big Meadows area and the Loft Mountain Campground.

The release says this $1.2 million project is removing deteriorating or unneeded structures and facilities, such as office buildings, antiquated housing, a comfort station, parking area, picnic sites, and H-loop (road and campsites).

The National Park Service says removing these buildings will eliminate about $3 million in deferred maintenance in the park.

The final stage of this project will see the restoration of natural vegetation, resulting in improved visuals for visitors and a more natural landscape.