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Skyline Drive: Milepost 90.1 to 105.0

Shenandoah National Park Map 8 copyright map by Alan EastepSkyline Drive (then Blue Ridge Parkway) from Jarman Gap to Rockfish Gap (8.5 miles) was completed on August 11, 1939 and cost $358,636 or, approximately, $40,000/mile. (2011 dollars = $5,765,705.83 or $643,070.50 per mile.)

The southernmost section of the Drive from Jarman Gap to Rockfish Gap was originally constructed in 1938 - 1939 as a part of the Blue Ridge Parkway and was deeded to Shenandoah National Park in 1961.

Guard Walls and Guard Rails The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built many of t he stone walls along the Drive, particularly those in the South District and those at overlooks.

Beginning in 1983, many of the original walls have been rebuilt by the Federal Highways Administration with cores of concrete, reusing the original stone as a veneer. When built the Skyline Drive had miles of chestnut log guardrails, particularly in areas of open fields and meadows. The guardrails rotted and all were removed in the 1950s, not to be replaced.

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