Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway

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Title Drainage Construction
Date June 5, 1956
Description Right of station 13-50. Rolling bituminous gutter, finished gutter in foreground. Taken in section 2G of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Commentary During construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway, consideration of drainage systems was a major issue, particularly given the topography of the mountain sections. Drainage systems were designed to divert water away from or underneath roads in order to keep the surfaces more intact.
Location Location Name: Milepost 292
Parkway Milepost: 292.0
Latitude: 36.148597
Longitude: -81.663857
Creator Individual F.S.W.
Tags Construction
Landscape development
Road construction
Watauga County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives