Blue Ridge Parkway seeks public comment on bridge repairs

blue ridge parkwayThe National Park Service, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, is initiating an Environmental Assessment that will evaluate impacts associated with two NPS/FHWA bridge improvement projects on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The first project (titled Project 2A16) involves three historic bridges along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Alleghany County, North Carolina. The bridges are the:

  • Big Pine Creek Bridge #3, Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 223.78
  • Big Pine Creek Bridge #6, Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 224.7
  • Brush Creek Bridge #1, Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 227.45

The second project (titled Project 2D17) involves one, larger historic bridge, the Laurel Fork Bridge at Milepost 248.9 in Ashe County, North Carolina.

All four bridges were part of the original motor road construction, the project plans for reconstruction and rehabilitation work that maintains the historic character of the bridges as much as possible. The proposed projects also address structural deficiencies and improve safety by meeting current roadway design standards, including installation of crashworthy railings.

To learn more about the planned work and the two alternatives being evaluated in the Environmental Assessment (EA), the public is invited to visit and submit comments through the NPS’s Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) project page.

 

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