Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Road Construction
Title Note Tractor pulling a cargo-loaded truck
Date April 3, 1953
Description A tractor hauling a truck loaded with pipe up a 32% grade. Taken at Station 554 in Section 2U of the Blue Ridge Parkway, between Mt. Pisgah and Yellowstone Falls.
Commentary This is a picture of the road construction for the Blue Ridge Parkway. A cargo-loaded truck is being connected to a tractor. This is a picture of road construction as part of the Blue Ridge Parkway development. Road construction began on March 01, 1939. The road was open to traffic on September 02, 1955. The road is 9.611 miles long. It runs between Mt. Pisgah and Yellowstone Falls. Parkway planning involved both specifics of curvature and grade and constraints on costs, that played into the actual construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Within each segment of the Blue Ridge Parkway, several construction contracts were usually awarded. The first contract involved clearing, grubbing/removal of stumps, provisions for drainage, and rough grading. The next contracts involved the grading and surfacing of the roadway. Most contracts were carried out under the supervision of the Bureau of Public Roads.
Location Location Name: Milepost 417
Parkway Milepost: 417.0
Latitude: 35.32227
Longitude: -82.82815
Creator Individual W.P.W.
Tags Access roads
Blue Ridge Parkway--Planning
Land construction
Road construction
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives