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From being led by the French Engineer Claudius Crozet to how it was excavated (hand drills and black powder) to being the longest tunnel in America at the time it was completed, the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel has quite a history. In fact, it was designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1976.

And while it’s been out of use for quite some time, it’s now getting a second life thanks to the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation. Their goal is to restore and preserve the tunnel by creating a recreational destination for both Nelson and Augusta counties here in Virginia, featuring a trail way through the tunnel that is accessible from both sides and links to existing trail systems in the area.

VRMCA-member Rockingham Redi-Mix – working in conjunction with heavy civil specialty engineering contractor MERCO, Inc. out of Lebanon, NJ – is supplying both the Shotcrete and grout for the project.

The Blue Ridge Tunnel project is a multi-phased multi-year project with a yet to be determined completion date.

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