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DrewE

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Posted: 02/23/21 06:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

agesilaus wrote:

Those low tunnels are strange, it seems like the height on the sign going one way is different on the sign on the other side of the same tunnel coming back.


It isn't surprising to me that they could have different minimum heights, since the minimum height is at the edge of the road above the fog line. If the tunnel curves or the roadway isn't perfectly centered or the arch isn't exactly symmetrical, the heights there could easily differ. (By the same token, if the maximum height on your RV is not near the passenger side, you could gauge based on the height of the wall rather than the height of the air conditioner or whatever.)





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Tunnel heights are measured at the fog line so one direction could be more or less clearance than the other.





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agesilaus wrote:

Those low tunnels are strange, it seems like the height on the sign going one way is different on the sign on the other side of the same tunnel coming back.


Each lane may have a different controlling height. These tunnels were built decades ago, so being off by a few inches during construction isn't surprising.

The only thing odd is that the NP lists both the height at the edge line and at the center...but then says you aren't allowed to drive down the center.

If they don't want you driving down the center (a reasonable thing), don't tell people that they can make it by driving down the center.


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There is a section of the parkway in Virginia that is closed south of Roanoke from mile post 121.4 - 135.9 at Adney Gap due to a slope failure from heavy rains. A detour is in place.

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Up at the north end of the Blue Ridge now, so I thought a follow up was in order.

Wound up doing a mix of towing and bypassing.
- Stopped near Asheville first.
- Drove the section down to Cherokee with just the truck.
- On the day we were headed north, it was rainy, so we choose to bypass on the way up to Mt Airy.
- From Mt. Airy to the north end, we were on and off the parkway due to closures.
- Wound up driving the very north end with just the truck as a day trip.
- Skyline Drive (Shendoha NP) was very similar. We drove it with just the truck as we will be heading west from here.

As long as you have a rig that handles well and you are comfortable driving it in hilly conditions, it can be done...but even with the low speeds, you do really need to stay focused. This distracted from being able to enjoy the scenery.

The pavement was in good condition but the one thing I didn't like is it appears they have simply added a new top course without filling in the shoulders to match, so it was commonly a 6" drop off from the edge of the pavement. Never had a wheel drop off but had to watch carefully.

There were a few low branches but generally not bad as the trees hadn't leafed out yet.

Facilities were generally closed, with the exception of gift shops...apparently, they are immune to the virus.

Overall a nice sidetrip on our way north.

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Hokiehall wrote:

There is a section of the parkway in Virginia that is closed south of Roanoke from mile post 121.4 - 135.9 at Adney Gap due to a slope failure from heavy rains. A detour is in place.


Luckily we hit that driving just the truck...the "detrour" was a sign about 200ft before the closed gate with no drive or other means to turn around. With the trailer, we would have had to back up quite a ways to the next drive where we could turn around.

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Be advised that portions of the parkways are closed. We wanted to go up the parkway south of Roanoke up to Sherando Lake but it was closed. I looked at the website for the campgrounds and there was no notices of closure on the parkway there. You must go to Blue Ridge Parkway Road Closures to find where they are at.

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I’ve travelled both directions the entire length from just west of Waynesville with a fifthwheel 13’3” tall. The low clearances are where the outside radius is. Moved over a few feet toward the center and no problems.

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valhalla360 wrote:

Hokiehall wrote:

There is a section of the parkway in Virginia that is closed south of Roanoke from mile post 121.4 - 135.9 at Adney Gap due to a slope failure from heavy rains. A detour is in place.


Luckily we hit that driving just the truck...the "detrour" was a sign about 200ft before the closed gate with no drive or other means to turn around. With the trailer, we would have had to back up quite a ways to the next drive where we could turn around.


Another section at Roanoke will be closed to replace a bridge over the Roanoke River at MP 112. This will be within a few weeks and will last at least a year.

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Hokiehall wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

Hokiehall wrote:

There is a section of the parkway in Virginia that is closed south of Roanoke from mile post 121.4 - 135.9 at Adney Gap due to a slope failure from heavy rains. A detour is in place.


Luckily we hit that driving just the truck...the "detrour" was a sign about 200ft before the closed gate with no drive or other means to turn around. With the trailer, we would have had to back up quite a ways to the next drive where we could turn around.


Another section at Roanoke will be closed to replace a bridge over the Roanoke River at MP 112. This will be within a few weeks and will last at least a year.


We had stopped in the visitor center at Asheville and got the closures at the beginning of the trip (there are a few), so we purposely avoided it with the trailer but we were just out meandering with the truck not paying too much attention when we came across it...the signing for this closure was borderline negligent (I develop maintenance of traffic plans as part of my job).

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