Misc Virginia PWA Projects - Photo #13 - Skyline Drive

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Skyline Drive Skyline Drive. “The Skyline Drive follows closely the course of the Appalachian Trail and extends the entire length of the Shenandoah National Park, along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, nearly 100 miles. It will eventually be extended almost 500 miles farther south. It is a hard-surfaced highway with parking spaces and wide turn-outs at frequent intervals, from which may be enjoyed views of great beauty—­the Shenandoah Valley on the west and the Piedmont section of Virginia on the east. One of the engineering features is an 800-foot tunnel through St. Mary's Rock near Thornton Gap where the drive crosses the Lee Highway. The portion of the drive, constructed with the aid of P.W.A. funds of $2,117,228.30, was completed in August 1937. The entire project was completed in the fall of 1939 and cost approximately $6,000,000.”[1] The plans to add another 400 miles were evidently abandoned because of World War II; the present length is 169 miles.[2]

“The newly created Public Works Administration established by executive order on June 16, 1933, channeled special allotments to fund capital improvements in national parks, such as roads and buildings. The CCC, created in 1933, pulled its manpower from unemployed and generally unskilled young men ... Development of the new S