Waynesboro kicks in $10,500 for conversion of Blue Ridge Tunnel into hiking trail


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WAYNESBORO, Virginia — The Waynesboro City Council has approved a $10,500 contribution for the conversion of the Blue Ridge Tunnel into a walking trail.

Formally known as the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel, it was built in 1850s. Rail cars stopped using the tunnel in 1944 when a new tunnel was opened.

WVIR-TV (http://bit.ly/1FUYxl4 ) reports that Waynesboro city council members say the 1-mile hiking trail would be an asset, attracting hikers and tourism dollars.

Work on the first phase of the project began in October 2014 with the construction of a parking area and trails leading up to the tunnel.

There's no estimated completion date for the restoration project.

Information from: WVIR-TV, http://www.nbc29.com/

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