Section of the Blue Ridge Parkway Closed
A section of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Milepost 376 at Ox Creek Road to Milepost 355, near the entrance to Mt. Mitchell State Park, will once again close on November 12th. The closure allows work to resume on the stabilization of a failed slope just north of Tanbark Ridge Tunnel, at Milepost 374. While alternate routes are available, the detour route marked with road signs directs traffic from Asheville along Interstate 40 to U.S. Route 221, back to the Parkway at Spruce Pine, and alternately from Spruce Pine south to Asheville via U.S. Route 221 and Interstate 40. Mt. Mitchell State Park will remain open and accessible from the northern approach along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 330, near Spruce Pine or from Hwy 80 South. Due to the dangerous nature of this slope stabilization project, complete closure of the Parkway to motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists is necessary. It is anticipated that this project will be completed by late spring of 2014.