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Title Grade Separation, South Abutment
Date June 30, 1941
Description View of a construction site, a grade separation and south abutment for project 2F-5, with view of stone work, wooden beams, and construction equipment. Located at station 2F, mileposts 276.4-292, section 2F of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Image taken from the National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway Headquarters and taken by A.S. Burns on June 30, 1941.
Commentary Grade separation is the process of aligning a junction of two or more transport axes at different heights (grades) so that they will not disrupt the traffic flow on other transit routes when they cross each other. On top of the grade separation, architects also added an abutment to ensure that there would be enough support to allow cars to travel over it.
Location Location Name: Section 2F
Parkway Milepost: None
Latitude: 36.207267
Longitude: -81.60265
Creator Individual A.S. Burns
Tags Abutments
Construction equipment
Grading (Earthwork)
Stone carving
Watauga County (N.C.)
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway