Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
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Title Road Construction
Date August 3, 1955
Description Looking south at rock cut, Station 16 from Station 0-00, in section 2U of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Commentary Parkway planning involved both specifics of curvature and grade and constraints on costs that played into the actual construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Within each segment of the Parkway, several construction contracts were usually awarded. The first contract involved clearing, grubbing/removal of stumps, provisions for drainage, and rough grading. The next contracts involved the grading and surfacing of the roadway. Most contracts were carried out under the supervision of the Bureau of Public Roads.
Location Location Name: Milepost 408
Parkway Milepost: 408.0
Latitude: 35.409432
Longitude: -82.750323
Creator Individual E.G. Middleton
Tags Construction
Land construction
Landscape development
Road construction
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives