ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Pedestrians can no longer check out a 300-foot-long crack in the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/16bMX1Y ) that rangers closed all access Friday to a 20-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mount Mitchell State Park.
The section has been closed to vehicles since July 12. But the National Park Service had allowed people to walk or bike two miles past the gates to see the center-line crack that is several inches wide and several feet deep. Another crack along the shoulder is a foot wide in places.
A complete closure wasn't expected until next week.
But ranger Tim Francis says it was getting too dangerous as construction crews bring in equipment. Officials expect the section to open by Labor Day, after a temporary road is built.
Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com