Shenandoah National Park to Begin Road Work
Contact: Steve Herzog, 540-999-3452
Shenandoah National Park will commence road work in the park during the week of May 14, 2007. The work will entail chip sealing the following areas on Skyline Drive: MP23 to Thornton Gap in the North District; MP65 to MP72 and MP96 to MP105 in the South District, including the associated overlooks in the effected areas. Chip sealing is a surface treatment that extends the life of the road. It involves the application of liquid asphalt and stone chips.
During the project Skyline Drive will remain open, but one lane of traffic will be closed while the contractor is working, with expected delays of less than 15 minutes. Work will take place Monday through Friday. All lanes of traffic will be open during weekends and federal holidays.
Line striping will begin after the road surface treatment has been completed. Visitors are reminded to drive with additional care along these sections of road in the park, especially at night and during periods of fog.
The project is expected to take about four weeks to complete, however, work may be delayed due to weather.
Did You Know?
American chestnut trees, whose trunks were killed off by a fungus blight long ago, still send up shoots that you can see along many of Shenandoah National Park’s trails.