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Title 12" x 12" box culvert
Title Note Side angle
Date December 1, 1940
Description Construction of a tunnel using a box culvert. A car is visible in the background. Photograph taken by A.S. Burns on October 1, 1940, along Section 2F of the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Station 652+74 at mile post 288.8.
Commentary This photograph of construction of an underpass shows just how much construction was done to create a tunnel. Taken from the viewpoint of a driver on the Parkway, this photograph allows one to see how flat the Parkway remained and how far down workers had to dig in order to create the tunnels. Parkway planners liked tunnels because they limited the number of access points. There are twenty-six underpasses on the Parkway, twenty-five of them in North Carolina and three of them are in section 2F. This particular underpass was for State Road 1533, Aho Road.
Location Location Name: Milepost 288
Parkway Milepost: 288.0
Latitude: 36.161578
Longitude: -81.620817
Creator Individual A.S. Burns
Tags Bridge construction
Overpass construction
Road construction
Watauga County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway