Sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway will remain closed following the end of the federal government shutdown, as park rangers inspect road conditions along the scenic byway. The parkway, a unit of the National Park Service, was technically open during the 35-day shutdown that ended late Friday, but long stretches of road were closed due to maintenance and weather-related reasons, which include downed trees and limbs that could be hazardous to travelers. The parkway is partially closed from U.S. 220 in Roanoke County to the Rocky Knob Campground near Rock Castle Gorge in Floyd County.