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Linn Cove Viaduct, North Carolina
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Linn Cove Viaduct is a 1243ft concrete segmental bridge which snakes around the slopes of Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. It was completed in 1987 at a cost of $10 million and was the last section of the Blue Ridge Parkway to be finished.The viaduct was needed because of the damage that a traditional cut-and-fill road would have caused to Grandfather Mountain. The viaduct was designed by Figg and Muller Engineers, Inc. Construction began in 1979. It is long and consists of 153 segments weighing 50 tons each. The bridge's segments were precast at an indoor facility at the south side of the parkway. After being transported to the bridge site, each section was lowered into place by a custom crane placed on either edge of the existing structure. The only work done at ground level was drilling for the seven footings which support the viaduct. In particular, there was no access road other than the Blue Ridge Parkway itself. The bridge has received eleven design awards.The National Park Service maintains a visitor center and bridge museum at the south end of the viaduct. The Tanawha Trail passes by the Linn Cove Visitor Center, and it travels beside and underneath the viaduct, on its route from Beacon Heights to Julian Price Memorial Park.
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  • The Linn Cove Viaduct is an engineering marvel that also happens to be at one of the most beautiful areas of the Blue Ridge Parkway. (although, there are no bad areas of the parkway at all) Stop on ei...  more »
  • A road emerges from the mountain side giving awesome views of the mountains of NC. Stop on either side of the "bridge" to take pictures. My favorite side is the one at the other end of the bridge from...  more »
  • We suggest going to the visitor's center first to see the diorama and information on the construction of the Viaduct after which, it only takes a few minutes from the visitor's center to walk the "tra...  more »