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Title Little Switzerland Tunnel
Date June 4, 1957
Description Project 2L7-2M9-2P6. Completed north portal of the Little Switzerland Tunnel, located in section 2L 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. Many of the stone-faced bridges, as well as much of the portal work, were constructed by the Asheville firm of Troitino and Brown.
Location Location Name: Little Switzerland
Parkway Milepost: 330.8
Latitude: 35.849672
Longitude: -82.091147
Creator Individual E.J.W.
Tags Architecture
Little Switzerland Tunnel (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives