North Carolina, Virginia
As we all enjoy warmer weather and more outdoor activities, law enforcement rangers on the Parkway are seeing an increase in motor vehicle and visitor incidents. Enjoy the view. Watch the road.
2012 FACILITY OPENING SCHEDULE – Find it here: http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security%2Fgetfile&PageID=389908 Due to great weather and current demand, Eastern National and Parkway staff will open Crabtree Falls and Linn Cove Viaduct Visitor Centers a bit ahead of schedule on April 20, 2012. After May 16, and for the first time in some time, the entire motor road will be open, with only one lane closures impacting traffic through the summer season. SEE THE PRESS RELEASE below outlining seasonal road projects this summer. Road closures updated daily at the park information line at (828) 298 0398. Twitter posts can also be followed at, http://twitter.com/blue_rdge_pkwy.
The Parkway’s installation of its microwave communications system is nearing completion. The new system will provide the Park with a state-of-the-art radio telecommunication system that will virtually eliminate system downtime and provide enhanced end user functionality. In cooperation with the Blue Ridge Parkway staff, the Blue Ridge Parkway Association is launching a mobile app for smartphones during Spring/Summer 2012. Among its features are information for lodging on-and-off Parkway, popular hiking trails, dozens of Parkway communities and services, and interpretive stops and access points for the entire 469-mile drive. The app will also feature on-and-offline mapping abilities for areas where cellular coverage is limited. There is no charge to download the app - which will be offered on both Android and iPhone platforms. For more information or to include a link on your website or social media channels please visit www.blueridgeparkway.org/mobileapp. Several Parkway districts and management divisions are in the process of hiring students for seasonal positions through the Student Educational Employment Program, the Student Conservation Association, and the Youth Conservation Corps. To learn more about these programs visit: o http://www.thesca.org/ o http://www.nps.gov/gettinginvolved/internships/upload/Student_Educational_Employment_Program.pdf o http://www.nps.gov/gettinginvolved/youthprograms/ycc.htm
The Asheville Chapter Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway is planning workdays at the Mount Pisgah Campground on April 21st and the 28th. Volunteers will work alongside NPS staff picking up branches, tent pad leveling, sweep out of parking slips, install large bear proof lockers, and raking leaves. If you are interested in joining or have a large group that would like to participate, contact Hugh Stephens at 828-274-9048 or email@example.com For further details please visit www.AVLfriendsBRP.com The Blue Ridge Parkway Association's 10th annual FAM trip is currently underway. This eight-day motorcoach trip is offered exclusively for AAA/CAA travel counselors to promote the Blue Ridge Parkway region. Cosponsored by state travel offices in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, the trip promotes points of interest, communities and attractions along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and Virginia and into the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. This year, 23 AAA representatives from 16 states and Canada joined the journey on "America's Favorite Drive".
Special Use Permits may be necessary organized activities such as sporting events, ceremonies, weddings, or large group gatherings. Commercial Filming also requires a permit. For questions about special use permits, call (828)348.3441 http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/upload/Special%20Events%20Policy.pdf Blue Ridge Marathon in Roanoke on 4/21. A running event on 4/28 that crosses the Parkway at MP 76.5 and 78.4.
The Blue Ridge Parkway, in linking the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, is dedicated to enhancing the outstanding scenic and recreational qualities of the corridor that it traverses, conserving unimpaired its significant natural and cultural resources, and promoting in perpetuity the public enjoyment and appreciation of the central and southern Appalachian mountains. – Blue Ridge Parkway Mission Statement
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior
Blue Ridge Parkway www.nps.gov/blri
199 Hemphill Knob Road Asheville, NC 28803
Blue Ridge Parkway News Release - April 17, 2012 Contacts:
Larry Hultquist (828) 348-3482; email firstname.lastname@example.org Michael Molling (828) 348-3445; email email@example.com Blue Ridge Parkway Construction Projects Planned for the Summer Season
The Parkway is preparing to open for the summer season and the projects listed below are planned to be in process from Memorial Day through October 2012. The current road closures associated with tunnel repair projects at Milepost 401 and 461 are scheduled to open to two- lane traffic by April 16, 2012. The road closure on the Parkway, at Milepost 217 to 237, is scheduled to open to two-lane traffic on May 16, 2012. New road repair projects scheduled for the 2012 summer season are listed below. Parkway Milepost 0 (US 64/250) to Milepost 15.4 (Love Gap) in Nelson and Augusta Counties, Virginia: Parkway pavement reconstruction is planned to begin on May 1, 2012 and will continue through December 31, 2012. The project will be completed under one-lane traffic control by flagmen or traffic light in several locations. No work is expected during weekends, national holidays, or during the month of October. The parking areas at the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center, and trailhead parking for the Humpback Rocks Trail at Milepost 6, will be reduced during construction. Visitors can expect continued and full use of all other hiking trails though this section of Parkway during construction. Parkway Milepost 286, replacement of defective railing and repairs to the concrete deck, on Goshen Creek Bridge in Watauga County, North Carolina: This project is expected to begin in May 2012, and will continue until September 30, 2012. The work will be completed under one-lane traffic control by traffic light and shall be limited to the length of the bridge. No work is expected during weekends and national holidays. Parkway Milepost 304 (Linn Cove Viaduct) to 317.5 (at US 221), in Avery and Burke Counties, North Carolina: Parkway pavement reconstruction is expected to continue until the end of August 2012. The project will be completed under one-lane traffic control by flagmen in several locations. No work is expected during weekends and national holidays. Construction activities will not affect the operating schedule of the Linn Cove or Linville Falls Visitor Centers. Visitors can expect continued and full use of hiking trails though this section of Parkway. Bridge deck sealing and roadway abutment paving on select bridge structures throughout the Parkway: Two contracts have been awarded to conduct preventative maintenance on Park bridges. These projects are planned to begin on April 23, 2012 and will continue through August 2012. Work will be conducted under one-lane traffic control. No work is expected during weekends and national holidays. Parkway Milepost 358 to 359, just north of Craggy Gardens and south of Mount Mitchell State Park, in Buncombe County, North Carolina: A project to stabilize a slope failure at Milepost 358.8 is expected to begin in July 2012. Pavement has been slowly settling in this area as a result of a failed retaining wall at the base of a fill slope. For the 2012 summer season there will be no restriction to access at Mt. Mitchell State Park or Craggy Gardens Picnic Area. The work will be completed under one-lane traffic control by automatic traffic light from July through October 31, 2012. Weekend work may be authorized for this project as a means to expedite completion. Work on national holidays is not anticipated. Between November 1, 2012 and Summer 2013, this section of Parkway must be closed to traffic to complete the project. A detour will be implemented and a detailed detour plan will be developed and distributed prior to the November 1, 2012 closure.