Blue Ridge Parkway begins repairs in Roanoke

One section to open within days
Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 1:46 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - It has been four months since flood damage shut down the Blue Ridge Parkway in Roanoke. Now, a piece of America’s Favorite Drive will be reopening, just in time for fall.

The section of the Parkway now under repair - a six-mile stretch from Explore Park to US 220 - has been shut down since mid-May, when heavy rain damaged several sections of road near Roanoke.

“With road failures of this type, this timeline is fairly typical,” said Blue Ridge Parkway spokesperson Caitlin Worth.

The section, near mile marker 120, was damaged by a small landslide. “So, we’ll be working to stabilize that slope, but we’ll also need to move the road over by a lane’s width,” she said.

That work began Monday, and is expected to cost just over $139,000. It should wrap up 10 days from now, giving folks plenty of time for leaf peeping.

But while this section of road is reopening, another, from 220 to Bent Mountain, remains shut down.

“And that section is a full road failure, so it’s a section where the entire road has washed down the mountain,” said Worth.

It could be more than a year before those repairs are made. Until then, the road remains closed for all uses.

Updates to the road status can be found on the park’s website or social media page.

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