Yes, we know you’re still coming to the Smokies.. So along with sharing the fascinating details of the landslide itself, we will also show you an alternate route to get here (and not terribly out of the way).
According to the WBIR website
A landslide has closed Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Park officials say the landslide undercut the road near mile marker 22 between Collins Creeks and Webb Overlook at 9:40 am. The slide is estimated to be a 200 foot section of road extending 1000 foot down slope, but the full extent of the damage is not yet known. The closure is expected to be in effect for an extended period of time.
The park is evaluating the remainder of the roadway, but anticipates Newfound Gap Road will be opened to visitors from the Gatlinburg Entrance in Tennessee to Newfound Gap Parking lot as soon as it is possible. The road will be open to Smokemont on the North Carolina side.
Park staff are working with the Department of Federal Highway’s Construction and Geotechnical Services to evaluate the slide damage and to begin planning for repairs. Additional details will be released as the condition assessments are analyzed.
For updated road and weather information please call (865) 436-1200. Once you hear a voice, dial extension 631 for road information or extension 630 for a weather forecast.
Follow road status updates on Twitter at http://twitter.com/smokiesroadsnps. Updates are available for Newfound Gap Road (US-441), Little River Road, Laurel Creek Road, and Cades Cove Loop Road.
Now.. for the alternate route. According to the experts, take I40 to Foothills Parkway (Exit 443), or take Wilton Springs (Exit 440). From there take Highway 32 to Highway 321. The route is well marked, with signs directing you to Gatlinburg. See you soon!
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