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Construction crews are on the job repairing a damaged section of the Blue Ridge Parkway and rangers say they could re-open the road on Friday.
Rangers shut down the section between Highway 191 and Hendersonville Road on Monday after discovering a washout under a piece of the pavement.
Sunday night's storm made the road dangerous and that's part of the reason they're able to fix the problem despite the government shutdown.
Contractors brought in an excavator and a team of workers to shore up the road and repair a clogged drainage system.
The repair area is at the south end of the Parkway bridge over I-26. Parkway rangers closed the commuter section between Highway 25 and 191 in south Asheville to keep people safe and allow crews to work.
After an inspection by the Federal Highway Administration Engineers, rangers found a way to pay these contractors to make the repairs during the government shutdown.
Mike Molling, Parkway Maintenance Engineer, "we knew there was something going on and we'd have to take care of it, but the shutdown kind of slowed us down and couldn't be able to handle it, so we actually had to call it an emergency project and have federal highways come in and officially work on it during the shutdown."
The crews are installing a new drain that can handle the huge amount of water flowing across the parkway bridge during heavy rains. They'll shore up the weakened section of the road and re-pave it tomorrow.
Rangers say they'll be able to re-open the road Friday. They remind everyone that the Parkway's visitor centers and other facilities will remain closed because of the shutdown.