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National Park Roads and Bridges Recording Program

Image of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Rocky Knob recreation area. Milepost 173.4. A view of the valley from Blecher's Curve. (NPS/HAER/David Haas)
Blue Ridge Parkway, Rocky Knob recreation area. Milepost 173.4. A view of the valley from Blecher's Curve. (NPS/HAER/David Haas)
The National Park Roads and Bridges Recording Program systematically identified and documented significant historic road resources in 45 national parks from 1988-2002. Funded by the Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service survey teams of student and professional architects, landscape architects, historians, engineers, photographers and others recorded the unique characteristics of national park roads. The results – nearly 600 measured drawings, 5,000 photographs, and 8,000 pages of written history – have been shared with the public through park brochures and interpretation, an exhibit and symposium at the National Building Museum in 1997, and America’s National Park Roads and Parkways: Drawings from the Historic American Engineering Record published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2004. The complete set of documentation is part of the National Park Service’s Historic American Engineering Record collection available online from the Library of Congress.