Travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway are taking detours around an unsafe stretch of road in Roanoke and Botetourt counties, but parkway officials believe repair work will begin soon now that the federal government’s new budget year has begun. A 6-mile stretch of the parkway between mileposts 106 and 112, which is the segment of road between U.S. 460 in Botetourt County and Virginia 24 near Vinton, has been closed for nearly a month after federal officials deemed that part of the scenic road was unsafe. Pavement had settled in at least five spots, which made the road dangerous for certain types of vehicles, especially motorcycles and automobiles with low road clearance. The closure happened at a bad time for the National Park Service for a couple of reasons. It happened just when visitation increases during the fall and it came at the end of the federal government’s fiscal year, which meant there was no money remaining in the park service budget to fix the road quickly.
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