A contractor was hired and construction has begun for the rehabilitation of the Blue Ridge Tunnel. Phase one of the tunnel and trail project, began last week. Since 2001, Nelson County has worked with federal, state and local partners to secure funding and support for the project and the funding for Phase II has also been awarded. Plans for that phase are being finalized with the Virginia Department of Transportation. For safety and liability purposes, both the east and west portal are closed to the public during construction. The project is expected to be completed by February of next year.