NelsonCountyNelson County is close to reaching an agreement for the acquisition of two easements needed for Blue Ridge Tunnel Project. The first phase of the project to restore the tunnel underneath Rockfish Gap began in November with trail clearing. Now, the county needs two areas in order to build a parking area for the western end of the tunnel one would be a permanent easement, the other temporary. According to the Nelson County Times, Phase 2 for the project will be put out to bid soon; an application for funding for Phase 3 was submitted to the Department of Transportation on Oct. 31.