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The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Overpass Construction
Date May 17, 1955
Description View south elevation of overpass at Station 110-00 in section 2G of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Commentary The collection of bridges and grade separation structures are considered some of the most distinctive architectural features of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Many have a rustic stone appearance meant to blend in well with the mountain landscape; the Parkway planners purposely maintained an unfinished look for the purposes of this effect. The stone used in these structures was often obtained from nearby quarries. This helped to contain costs as well as ensure consistency between the structures and the surrounding landscape. Many of earlier structures were stone-faced rigid frame arch structures. This particular overpass employs a segmental arch in its construction.
Location Location Name: Milepost 294
Parkway Milepost: 294.0
Latitude: 36.151208
Longitude: -81.691786
Creator Individual J.D.J.
Creator Organization North Carolina State Archives
Tags Architecture
Overpass construction
Watauga County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives