Winter storms: Crews clear, reopen Virginia’s Skyline Drive

March 21, 2019
1 of 7
A sign warning of road conditions is on display at the Swift Run Gap entrance of the Shenandoah National Park near Elkson, Va., Wednesday, March 20, 2019. The southern portion of the Skyline drive in the park has been closed since November due to severe winter storms. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

CROZET, Va. (AP) — Crews are finally digging out a 40-mile (65-kilometer) stretch of Virginia’s scenic Skyline Drive after a series of winter storms closed it for more than four months.

Shenandoah National Park spokeswoman Sally Hurlbert said Wednesday that the southern portion of the road should be open by early April.

Skyline Drive is the park’s only public road, winding along the Appalachian Mountains in western Virginia for more than 100 miles (160 kilometers).

The closure was one of the longest in decades after ice storms pounded the region’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The five-week partial government shutdown only delayed the cleanup.

The road is closed from near Elkton to where it ends in the south near Waynesboro.

People can still access to the park’s southern portion through entranceways on the park’s boundaries.

All contents © copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.