Stretch of Blue Ridge Parkway reopens after rock slide

July 18, 2017 - 1:28 pm

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway has been reopened after a rock slide made driving unsafe.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the shutdown occurred between Milepost 402, about 3 miles south of the N.C. Arboretum entrance, to Mount Pisgah near Milepost 409.

Parkway spokeswoman Caitlin Worth said the rock slide occurred about 9 p.m. last Monday and rangers closed the parkway 30 minutes later. Officials said a giant boulder had fallen into the roadway, making travel through the area unsafe.

Access to the Mount Pisgah Trail and the Mount Pisgah Lodge is now accessible again from Asheville.

A rock slide in March closed a 13-mile stretch of the parkway north of Asheville for three weeks during cleanup and repair.


Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times,

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