A 20-mile-long section of the Blue Ridge Parkway has been closed since July 12th due to a fill slope failure just north of the Tanbark Ridge Tunnel near Asheville, North Carolina.
The section of the motor road from Milepost 355 (Mount Mitchell State Park) to Milepost 375 has been closed to traffic. Federal Highway Administration engineers are conducting an analysis of the failed slope and are developing plans for a temporary repair that could open the closed section of the parkway to traffic for the fall leaf season.
The long-term repair will require extensive excavation and installation of support structures needed to stabilize the failed slope area. Repair work will take place during the winter and spring of 2014 and may require complete closure of this section of parkway between Asheville and Mount Mitchell State Park.