April 8, 2010
Shenandoah National Park officials announced plans to use funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in a second park project.
In January and February, Shenandoah National Park officials awarded the second and third contracts to improve park facilities using part of the $17 million that Shenandoah is receiving.
"Nearly 90 percent of our visitors rate the Skyline Drive and the views from the overlooks as extremely or very important in their decision to visit Shenandoah," park superintendent Martha Bogle said. "We appreciate this opportunity to rehabilitate these terrific resources and ensure their availability for future generations."
One contract estimated at almost $4.4 million to rehabilitate 16 overlooks
was awarded to Forrester Construction Company out of Rockville, Md.
Work is expected to begin in April and should last until February 2011. Up to eight overlooks may be closed to visitors at any time.
A smaller contract estimated at $788,000 was awarded to Firvida Construction Corporation of Fairfax, Va., to rehabilitate the Loft Mountain Campground Access Road, two Loft Mountain parking areas and the Dundo Picnic Ground Road. Work is expected to begin in April and is scheduled to last about six weeks. The Loft Mountain work will be completed prior to the opening of the campground and campstore and will not affect the Loft Mountain Wayside.
Officials said visitors should expect a closure of the Dundo Picnic Grounds during construction; however the area should be open to the public Friday through Sunday.
Contracts for additional ARRA projects are slated to be awarded throughout the spring. These projects include the repaving and rehabilitation of areas along Skyline Drive and additional overlooks and access roads throughout the park.