Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Road Construction
Title Note Flat Top Road
Date June 3, 1955
Description Shovel in cut on Flat Top Road, shows west elevation of Flat Top Structure in section 2G of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Commentary For nearly the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway the road is constructed as an undivided two-lane road. Along most of the Parkway the road is designed for a maximum speed of 50 mph, although grades and curves prevent most cars from reaching the Parkway speed limit of 45 mph. The roadway itself is built with a compacted stone base, generally surfaced by modern asphalt. Typically, the road is 21' wide with 4.5' stabilized turf shoulders. A distinctive feature of the Parkway road system is its lack of roadside edge striping, which helps the road blend in with the landscape. Although the Federal Highway Administration has called for edge striping as a safety provision, thus far roadway planners have resisted its implementation, outside of tunnel approaches.
Location Location Name: Milepost 294
Parkway Milepost: 294.0
Latitude: 36.151208
Longitude: -81.691786
Creator Individual F.S.W.
Tags Automobiles
Construction equipment
Flat Top Road (N.C.)
Road construction
Watauga County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives