July 29, 2013
A request by Madison County officials to make upgrades to Rapidan Road and create a new entrance to Shenandoah National park has been denied.
Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northup announced on Monday that he has denied Madison County’s request to establish a new entrance for vehicles into the national park on Rapidan Road.
In a six-page letter sent to County Administrator Ernie Hoch and the members of the Madison County Board of Supervisors, Northup wrote that after careful consideration, he could not support the county’s proposal to upgrade the lower section of Rapidan Road nor open the upper section to public motor use for private cars and commercial van tours.
Madison County officials had proposed making upgrades to the road back in May. Their proposal also included a request to allow limited access to commercial vehicles for guided tours, and the creation of a new entrance in the upper portion of Rapidan Road.
In responding to the County, Northup acknowledged that certain portions of the lower Rapidan Road are currently in rough condition, and indicated that the National Park Service would be willing to participate in discussions on improving road maintenance.