Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Inclinometers for Rock Slide Alert along Blue Ridge Parkway!

Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park get ready ...
Asheville Citizen-Times

Four inclinometers will also alert officials to any further movement. “What we did was basically pin the slope, all that material, to the bedrock to ...

After a rock slide in the area in 2004, the unsteady slope caused the roadway leading to the inn to upheave, culminating in a near slide in October 2009.

Work to stabilize the slope closed the parkway on and off from N.C. 191 to N.C. 151, forcing travelers to take a detour to get to the inn.

“That definitely deters things,” said Allyson Long, who works the front desk at the Pisgah Inn. “In the beginning it was slow (last year), but after it (the area) opened up, things picked up just like normal.”

To stabilize the slope, workers installed about 280 bolts.

Four inclinometers will also alert officials to any further movement.

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