Posted by Jeff on Feb 25, 2021 @ 6:57 am in Conservation | 0 comments | Last change: February 24, 2021
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that a paving project will begin this week on Newfound Gap Road along an 8-mile stretch of road from Chimneys Picnic Area to Newfound Gap. The project should be completed by November 30, 2021, although the work schedules will need to be revised as needed in the event of inclement weather.
Visitors traveling on Newfound Gap Road should expect weekdays, single lane closures, and traffic delays through June 15 and again August 16 through September 30. The blocking of the lanes is permitted on Mondays from 7:00 a.m. to Fridays from 12:00 p.m. The lane closures are managed with flag operations and a pilot car to guide traffic through the work areas. In addition, some parking spaces and hoods will be temporarily closed. In order to better accommodate visitors in times of high visitor numbers, no lane closures are permitted during the day on weekends, public holidays, in the week before and after the Easter holidays, in the summer season or in October.
The Federal Highway Administration awarded the $ 8.5 million paving contract to Bryant’s Land Development Industries Inc. of Burnsville, NC. The road works will include the application of a pavement preservation treatment along a 6 mile section of the pavement and a complete rehabilitation of the pavement for the remainder.
For more information on road conditions, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm or follow SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter.
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