Road Rebuild in Smokies Will Take Some Time

January 24, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Newfound Gap Road remains impassible in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, thanks to a Jan. 16 landslide that wiped out a 200-foot section of the highway. Photo courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

While engineers have completed their initial assessment on the blown-out section of the Newfound Gap Road across Great Smoky Mountains National Park, they have no timetable yet for when the road will be rebuilt and open for traffic, National Parks Traveler reported.

The Federal Highways Administration engineers now are in the initial stage of preparation work to reconstruct the 200 linear feet of road washed out by a muddy landslide back on Jan. 16.

While the access from Gatlinburg, Tenn., to Cherokee, N.C., will remain closed during the construction period, Newfound Gap Road has been opened from the Gatlinburg entrance to Newfound Gap, and from the Cherokee entrance to Smokemont Campground. Visitors who want to sightsee and recreate in the park will still find opportunities through both entrances.

Orange pin marks location of Smokemont Campground, located at elevation of 2,200 feet in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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