|Parkway to be Open End-To-End By Week's End|
|Written by Steve Frank|
|Wednesday, 30 June 2010 06:40|
As it celebrates its 75th year—and just before the Independence Day holiday, the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway plans to be open end to end by this weekend—with caveats.
The Asheville Citizen-Times quotes Mike Molling, Parkway chief of maintenance as saying “This will be the first time the entire parkway will be open in about 18 months.”
A feverish effort has been put forward to clear the roadway from debris from the harsh winter and clear rockslides and other troubles. Molling said that some areas would be single-lanes, but at least would be open without detours. Visitation at the Blue Ridge Parkway, the most-visited unit in the National Park Service, with nearly 18 million in 2009, was down about 36 percent from January through April over the same time period last year, according to Parkway numbers.
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