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Old 12-31-2004, 08:38 PM   #1
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Cry Blue Ridge

Someone told me Blue Ridge is out of commision in 2-3 spots and will be for a while. Anyone out there know the scoop???

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Old 12-31-2004, 08:49 PM   #2
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There is still storm damage that has not been repaired. Just go to the BRP home page and they tell ya all about it.





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Someone told me Blue Ridge is out of commision in 2-3 spots and will be for a while. Anyone out there know the scoop???

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Old 12-31-2004, 09:07 PM   #3
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Someone told me Blue Ridge is out of commision in 2-3 spots and will be for a while. Anyone out there know the scoop???

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Old 01-01-2005, 04:25 PM   #4
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Winter closures are common- but I think we're also dealing with some leftover hurricane wash outs in the southern reaches of the BRP~ There was a thread here a while back detailing all the wash outs and land slides.
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Old 01-01-2005, 04:49 PM   #5
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Google Blue Ridge Parkway and then click on the National Forest lnk and it will have specifics. These closures are due to hurricanes and will last for over a year.
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Old 01-01-2005, 04:52 PM   #6
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Two short sections of the Parkway remain closed due to damage from flooding during the fall. These should be repaired by next season. The park information line at (828)298-0398 has the most updated information including on closures and winter weather conditions.

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Parkway Closures and Detour Information

Work will continue through the winter on portions of the Parkway that were heavily damaged by three tropical storms hitting the region in September. Numerous rock and debris slides and complete loss of the Parkway occurred in several places. Mitigating these damages and impacts will require re-engineering of some sections of road, stabilization of the roadbed, and major construction. Two short sections of the Parkway remain closed: Milepost 317-325 south of Linville Falls, and Milepost 344-355, north of Mount Mitchell. The following details on closures and alternative routes should help visitors plan their trip to our region:

FOR SOUTHBOUND PARKWAY TRAVELERS:

Milepost 317-325 closure near Linville Falls. Near this point, the Parkway intersects with U.S. Highway 221. Northbound US 221 leads to Linville, Grandfather Mountain, and the Boone and Blowing Rock area. Southbound US 221 is 23 miles to Marion and Interstate 40.

For visitors wanting to travel to Spruce Pine, the Museum of North Carolina Minerals, Crabtree Meadows, or Little Switzerland, take U.S. 221 north about one mile, turn left on NC 194 to US 19E to Spruce Pine, then east on NC 226 to the Parkway. Linville Falls Campground has re-opened as of October 7th.

Milepost 344-355 closure north of Mount Mitchell State Park. Near this point, the Parkway intersects with N.C. 80. Southbound N.C. 80 is 12 miles to U.S. 70 near Marion and 8 miles on U.S. 70 to Interstate 40 at Old Fort.

FOR NORTHBOUND PARKWAY TRAVELERS:

Milepost 355-344 closure at Mount Mitchell State Park. Mount Mitchell State Park is accessible by taking the Parkway from Asheville, but travelers must return to the Asheville area because of the closure at Milepost 355.

Milepost 325-317 near Crabtree Meadows. Travelers wanting to visit the Crabtree Meadows and Crabtree Falls area can access U.S. 70 off of Interstate 40 near Old Fort and take N.C. 80 north to the Parkway near Crabtree Meadows.

For visitors wanting to travel north from the Asheville area to Spruce Pine, the Museum of North Carolina Minerals, Crabtree Meadows, or Little Switzerland, take I 40 east to U.S. 221 north. Take 221 past Marion to NC 226 N. Turn left on 226, which leads to the Parkway.

NOTE: Many of the roads referenced above are steep and winding. Visitors should allow extra time and, as always, be cautious in traveling throughout the region. A North Carolina highway map may be especially beneficial while these closures are in effect.

Road closures and conditions, along with weather reports are available by calling the Parkway information line at (828) 298-0398.
Source and updates here.
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Old 01-01-2005, 05:00 PM   #7
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Damn dude, ya could have made him work a little.....................
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Old 01-01-2005, 05:02 PM   #8
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Damn dude, ya could have made him work a little.....................
Just stuck inside with a cold watching Football and looking for something on the internet.

Did you have a good ride today?
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Old 01-01-2005, 05:04 PM   #9
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Just stuck inside with a cold watching Football and looking for something on the internet.

Did you have a good ride today?
Oh yeah, 300 miles of twisty fun. It was a great day.

Good luck with the cold, I am just getting over it.
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Old 01-01-2005, 05:13 PM   #10
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Good luck with the cold, I am just getting over it.
I have had it for a while. I rode my bicycle the last two days of the year 60 miles so I could log 1000 since 9/1. I think I over did it since I was better on Wed than I am today. Oh well, at least I can watch Football for the rest of the weekend and not have to work, but I did start on my taxes today, maybe that is why I feel ill.
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Old 01-01-2005, 05:22 PM   #11
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The GS will slip past every gate on only one side.


I've seen it for myself, lots of damage from the Hurricanes. I heard the number $17 million muttered by a Park Service employee.
Outside lanes of the Parkway completely gone. Looks to me that they'll have to cut further into the mountains to sit the road on firm bearing soil. There
are four washouts between Ashville and Marion, one really big washout just south of Linville Falls.
I've been told that there is a monster one just south of Asheville, but haven't snuk in there for a peek yet.



ALOT of timber down too. I'll be suprised if any is cleared by next season.... Doesn't seem like
they're even working on it. Just survey flags and core testing as of a couple of weeks ago.



Feels like mile after mile of abandoned post disaster emptiness. Wonderful place to visit now.



Getting a touch cold though

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Old 01-01-2005, 05:36 PM   #12
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The parts that are closed due to storm damage are avoidable, there are ways to get around those. Right now most of the brp (the good parts, anyways) are closed due to winter.

Hope these can hold everyone over......





See? Much better now. Ahhhhhh
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Old 01-01-2005, 05:38 PM   #13
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Old 01-03-2005, 04:28 PM   #14
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Nice pics.

Unfortunately it's worse than I thought ...

Hope it's done by June in time for my 1st Annual "Ride The Length of the BRP Before The Sun Sets" ...
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Old 01-04-2005, 05:28 AM   #15
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Nice pics.

Unfortunately it's worse than I thought ...

Hope it's done by June in time for my 1st Annual "Ride The Length of the BRP Before The Sun Sets" ...

No way it will all be done......
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