Blue Ridge Parkway Reopens

About 55 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway stretching from Asheville to Cherokee are reopened to traffic. The opening comes several weeks after an ice storm closed the scenic highway.

A parkway spokeswoman says rocks and other debris from the storm
had to be removed. During the winter months, it is not uncommon for sections of the 469-mile parkway to be closed because of snow or other weather problems.

The highway links Virginia's Shenandoah and North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains national parks.