Linn Cove Viaduct

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Linn Cove Viaduct
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Coordinates 36°05′42″N 81°48′44″W / 36.09513°N 81.81223°W / 36.09513; -81.81223Coordinates: 36°05′42″N 81°48′44″W / 36.09513°N 81.81223°W / 36.09513; -81.81223
Carries Blue Ridge Parkway
Crosses Linn Cove of Grandfather Mountain
Owner National Park Service
Maintained by National Park Service
Design Segmental bridge
Material Concrete
Total length 1,243 feet (379 m)
Width 39.5 feet (12.0 m)
Longest span 180.1 feet (54.9 m)[1]
Designer Figg & Muller Engineering Group
Constructed by Jasper Construction Co.
Construction start 1979
Construction end 1987
Construction cost $10 million
Inaugurated September 11, 1987

Linn Cove Viaduct is a 1,243-foot (379 m) 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.[2]

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 1,243 feet (379 m) 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.

Linn Cove Viaduct

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  2. ^ a b Mitchell, Monte (September 11, 2012). "25-year-old Linn Cove Viaduct floats around Grandfather Mountain". Winston-Salem Journal. Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ " Linn Cove Viaduct". Retrieved June 21, 2015. 

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