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Title Road Construction
Title Note Flat Top Road
Date June 3, 1955
Description Placing base stone on Flat Top Road, looking west from overpass.
Commentary For nearly the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway the road is constructed as an undivided two-lane road. Along most of the Blue Ridge Parkway the road is designed for a maximum speed of 50 mph, although grades and curves prevent most cars from reaching the Blue Ridge Parkway speed limit of 45 mph. The roadway itself is built with a compacted stone base, generally surfaced by modern asphalt. Typically, the road is 21' wide with 4.5' stabilized turf shoulders. A distinctive feature of the Parkway road system is its lack of roadside edge striping, which helps the road blend in with the landscape. Although the Federal Highway Administration has called for edge striping as a safety provision, thus far roadway planners have resisted its implementation, outside of tunnel approaches.
Location Location Name: Section 2G
Parkway Milepost: None
Latitude: 36.143989
Longitude: -81.717042
Creator Individual F.S.W.
Tags Construction
Flat Top Road (N.C.)
Overpasses
Photographs
Road construction
Roads
Watauga County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives