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The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Overpass
Title Note Flat Top Mountain Road
Date July 19, 1955
Description Flat Top Mountain Road underpass 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, created from stone sourced from local quarries. After World War II, however, cost constraints meant that construction materials switched from stone to concrete. Many of the bridges cross minor roads and are simple concrete slab structures. The shoulders above the bridges were often covered with earth and turf to hide the parapet structure from notice.
Location Location Name: Milepost 292
Parkway Milepost: 292.0
Latitude: 36.148597
Longitude: -81.663857
Creator Individual E.G. Middleton
Tags Architecture
Flat Top Road (N.C.)
Road construction
Watauga County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives