Section of Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone closed - FOX Carolina 21

Section of Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone closed

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DEER GAP, N.C. (AP) -

Federal officials have closed a five-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the North Carolina mountains after the road failed.

Rangers said they closed the road between milepost 276 and milepost 281 on Tuesday. The section of the parkway is between the U.S. Highway 421 intersection and the Old U.S. Highway 421 intersection near Boone.

Officials say they don't know how long it will take to fix the road. They did indicate the repairs will happen despite the federal government shutdown.

The Blue Ridge Parkway offers sweeping views of the mountains and is especially popular in the fall when the leaves change colors.

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