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Title Wildacres Tunnel
Date April 11, 1957
Description Portal construction on the Wildacres Tunnel, located in section 2M of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Commentary The Blue Ridge Parkway contains twenty-six tunnels along its routes. The purpose of the tunnels was to reduce the need for the landscaping that open cuts would require. The stone masonry present on the outside of the bridges were often not a part of the original construction, but added later in the 1950s and 1960s. Newer tunnels were designed to include the rock veneer. Much of the portal work, as well as many of the stone-faced bridges, were constructed by the Asheville firm of Troitino and Brown.
Location Location Name: Section 2M
Parkway Milepost: None
Latitude: 35.788139
Longitude: -82.167372
Creator Individual C.E. Kinney
Tags Architecture
Construction equipment
Wildacres (N.C.)
Wildacres Tunnel (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives