Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Road Construction
Date October 12, 1955
Description Station 218, looking north across fill into cut in section 2G of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Commentary 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 296
Parkway Milepost: 296.0
Latitude: 36.14109
Longitude: -81.721675
Creator Individual J.K.O.
Tags Construction
Construction equipment
Landscape development
Road construction
Watauga County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives