Planners on both sides of the Blue Ridge are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. They’re inspired by work students at the University of Virginia have done to reopen a historic railroad passage through the mountain.
Wednesday, those students presented plans to preserve the Blue Ridge Tunnel, engineered by Claudius Crozet and opened in 1858. A nonprofit foundation has worked for a decade to reopen the passage between Nelson and Augusta counties. Now, they have a fresh vision for the tunnel’s future.