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Crews finally dig out Skyline Drive after storms, shutdown

Crews are finally digging out a 40-mile stretch of Virginia's scenic Skyline Drive after a series of winter storms closed it for more than four months. See photos.

CROZET, Va. (AP) — Crews are finally digging out a 40-mile stretch of Virginia’s scenic Skyline Drive after a series of winter storms closed it for more than four months.

Shenandoah National Park spokeswoman Sally Hurlbert said Wednesday that the southern portion of the road should be open by early April.

The closure was one of the longest in decades after ice storms pounded the Blue Ridge Mountains. The five-week partial government shutdown only delayed the cleanup.

Skyline Drive is the park’s only public road. It winds through the Appalachian Mountains in western Virginia for 105 miles.

The road is closed from about where it crosses Route 33 near Elkton to where it ends in the south near Waynesboro.

People can still access to the park’s southern portion through entranceways on the park’s boundaries.

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