Built from the top down, with segments placed in progressive uni-directional cantilever to protect the environment of Grandfather Mountain, this precast concrete segmental bridge was designed to blend with the rugged environment. Thirteen design awards, including the 1984 Presidential Award through the National Endowment for the Arts, plus dramatic photos taken by the mountain’s owner have made this a well known and easily recognized bridge. The unusual step of adding black iron oxide to the concrete helps blend the bridge into the mountain boulders. The Blue Ridge Parkway bridge designed for the National Park Service and the Federal Highway Administration is featured in Modern Marvel’s Mountain Roads episode.
"Linn Cove Viaduct is not just a roadway on North Carolina’s Grandfather Mountain;
the viaduct has been designed so that it belongs to, and is a part of, the mountain."
President Ronald Reagan
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