Road paving in Lewis Mountain Campground area.
Shenandoah National Park celebrated its 75th anniversary this past summer and visitors were treated to a smooth ride over fresh pavement for the ceremonies. Denver Service Center recently completed $31.5 million in road construction projects that enhanced the roads, parking areas, campgrounds, and maintenance areas at Shenandoah National Park.
“Through the efforts of many, Shenandoah National Park was able to complete a tremendous amount of work that will provide benefits to the visitors of the park for many years to come. Without the influx of the project funding, Skyline Drive, its associated overlooks, and many other roads in the park would have fallen into serious disrepair in a short time. The timing of the investment was perfect,” said Steve Herzog, the park’s chief of facility management.
The construction work involved road repairs and asphalt overlay of nearly 70 miles of Skyline Drive and 32 of its 69 adjacent overlooks, including total reconstruction of 16 overlooks. The work took more than two years to complete. The projects also included repaving two campgrounds, both of the park’s large maintenance areas, Big Meadows and Skyland developed areas, and most of the parking and access roads within the park’s central district. The construction work was accomplished through nine separate contracts to five different general contractors, providing a valuable economic boost to the local contracting community.