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Rough Ridge Tunnel

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Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in October 2015

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Description 

Most of the work on the tunnel digging was done by hand and provided by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.[3] Little machinery was used with the intention of creating manual labor in depressed economic times. They did have for tunneling truck-mounted water-cooled compressed air drills called "Jumbos." After the initial holes were drilled into the substrata, dynamite was used for blasting away the rock.-Wikipedia

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Overview
Tunnel under Mountain on Blue Ridge Parkway
Location
McDowell County, North Carolina
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca.1930
Builder
- Civilian Conservation Corps
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 245.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.72776, -82.20791   (decimal degrees)
35°43'40" N, 82°12'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/390757/3954425 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 69885 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 24, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • November 17, 2015: Added by Royce and Bobette Haley

Sources 

  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com