Help the Blue Ridge Parkway – This Saturday

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is now closed from MP 376 to MP 356, a 20-mile stretch of road between Bull Gap at mile marker 376 and mile marker 356 near Mt. Mitchell State Park. But Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway is going to help and you can join in.

On Saturday August 24, Friends is organizing a workday along the closed section of road to clean a rock lined ditch that feeds water into the culvert system in order divert it from the road.

What’s so important about drainage ditches? “If the flow of water is not managed, the Parkway will continue to experience road failure as we have seen in Western North Carolina this year due to the excessive rainfall. There’s just too much at stake to let that happen.”

Show up on Saturday, August 24 at 9 am at at Bull Gap (Ox Creek Road at Mile Marker 376).

If you are interested in participating, contact Dan Wells at friendsbrp.asheville@yahoo.com. Bring gloves, hat, insect repellent, boots and long pants, rakes, shovels, snacks, water and lots of energy. “You don’t have to be an expert at anything to become a member of FRIENDS,” Wells said. “You just need to love the Blue Ridge Parkway.”

In the event of rain, the workday will be moved to Friday, August 30, 2013 as the Parkway is now scheduled to open on Saturday, August 31.

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