January-Late Spring 2014: Parkway CLOSED north of Asheville
Work has begun on a section of Blue Ridge Parkway closed from Milepost 376 at Ox Creek Road to Milepost 355 (includes the Craggy Gardens area), near the entrance to Mt. Mitchell State Park. This project will stabilize a failed slope just north of Tanbark Ridge Tunnel, at Milepost 374. Mt. Mitchell State Park will remain open and accessible from the northern approach along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 330, near Spruce Pine, NC, or from state Route 80.
While alternate routes are available, the detour route marked with road signs directs traffic from Asheville, NC, along Interstate 40 to U.S. Route 221, back to the Parkway at Spruce Pine, NC, and alternately from Spruce Pine south to Asheville via U.S. Route 221 and Interstate 40.
Due to the dangerous nature of this slope stabilization project, complete closure of the Parkway to motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists is necessary. Contractors doing the work plan to be on site 24-hours a day, utilizing night lighting when possible. Parkway managers ask for the public’s cooperation with this closure, asking motorists to stay alert, be aware of barrier signs, and follow the signed detour to insure optimal visitor safety.
Workers built temporary bypass lanes (in pic) and reopened the road in August, but this major project will be a permanent repair. Parkway officials expect the work to be complete by late spring of next year.
Much of the Parkway will remain open throughout the winter (facilities are closed), weather permitting. The Parkway closes whenever there is snow or ice on the road. See a real-time map of which sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway are open!
For emergencies on the Blue Ridge Parkway, call 1-800-PARKWATCH.
Map showing alternate route from Asheville to Mt. Mitchell (and Blue Ridge Parkway north).