Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Fill and Box Culvert
Date May 7, 1936
Description Fill and Box Culvert
Commentary Weather in the mountains in the area where the Blue Ridge Parkway is located can often be rather wet. This combined with the runoff from melting snow and creeks in the area produces a lot of water. In order to prevent pooling of water on the parkway, designers included culverts underneath the road to allow for water to continue to flow under the road rather than remain stagnant on the road itself. Fill also became necessary to ensure that once the workers moved something it stayed in place.
Location Location Name: Milepost 255
Parkway Milepost: 255.0
Latitude: 36.372096
Longitude: -81.333659
Creator Individual L.M.H.
Tags Construction
Fills (Earthwork)
Road construction
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway