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Parkway Repair Plan

A big crack in the Blue Ridge Parkway is getting worse, but we are getting word about a timeline for reopening the popular route.

A ranger noticed the crack in the middle of the two-lane highway last weekend.

It is growing bigger by the day.

Rangers closed the road from Ox Creek at mile marker 375, all the way to mile marker 255, at Mount Mitchell State Park.

Today parkway engineers told News 13 they could have this stretch of road reopened in time for the labor day holiday.

Mike Molling, maintenance director, "federal highway people are up there today, and they're going to be up there next week doing the core sampling in to the fill slope itself, so if we can put in a temporary fix that will allow us to at least have one lane if not two lanes open by labor day, that is what we are currently shooting for."

Engineers are monitoring the road daily.

They plan to notify the community if there's any significant changes as we see more heavy rain move through the region.

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