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[at-l] This just in.....Portion of Skyline Drive to be Temporarily Closed
- Subject: [at-l] This just in.....Portion of Skyline Drive to be Temporarily Closed
- From: GRoberts@npr.org (Gary Roberts)
- Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 12:55:41 -0500
Portion of Skyline Drive to be Temporarily Closed
For Immediate Release - October 28, 2002 Contact Karen Beck-Herzog,
PORTION OF SKYLINE DRIVE TO BE CLOSED; Shenandoah National Park to Remain
Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Doug Morris announced today that a
portion of Skyline Drive will be closed beginning November 12, 2002. The
closure will be in effect from the Swift Run Gap Entrance Station (milepost
65.5) at the intersection of Skyline Drive and Route 33, south to the
Rockfish Gap Entrance Station (milepost 105.4) at the intersection of
Skyline Drive and Interstate 64. The closure is necessary to remove an
unstable rock outcrop. Work is expected to take four to six weeks.
The rock outcrop, located at milepost 67 and adjacent to Skyline Drive, has
failed twice since January 2002 and has produced significant rockslides that
have required temporary road closures to remove debris. To prevent further
rockslides, the unstable portion of rock outcrop, approximately 150 feet
long and 50 feet high, will be removed.
Trails in that section of the park will not be accessible from Skyline Drive
but will remain open from boundary trailheads.
The following facilities will remain open through December 1, 2002: Harry F.
Bryd Visitor Center, Skyland Resort, Big Meadows Wayside, and Big Meadows
Campground. Dickey Ridge Visitor Center remains open until November 24,
2002. These facilities can be accessed through the Swift Run Gap, Thorton
Gap and Front Royal Entrance Stations.
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