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A Feb. 12 rock slide at milepost 277 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Deep Gap resulted in a closure of a four-mile stretch of road in the area for over two months.

From the National Park Service

DEEP GAP — A four-and-a-half mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Deep Gap area has opened after over two months of cleanup, according to parkway spokesperson Leesa Brandon.

“We were hoping to open last week, but we just got word that the road is open,” Brandon said in a message on Monday.

The section of the parkway from milepost 276.4, at the intersection with U.S. 421 in Deep Gap, to milepost 280.9, near Parkway School, saw trees and rocks block the road around milepost 277 following heavy rain on Feb. 12.

The news means that all sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Ashe and Watauga County are open, weather permitting. The parkway is still closed to all traffic at the Linn Cove Viaduct at milepost 304 in Avery and Caldwell counties for maintenance. The viaduct is scheduled to reopen to all traffic by May 24, just before Memorial Day.

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