Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitors can expect minor delays between now and May 23 while work is underway to repave the Gatlinburg Bypass and the 1.5 miles of Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) just south of Gatlinburg, TN.
From Monday morning, April 18 through Thursday afternoon, April 21 there will be single-lane closures along the 1.5 mile segment of Newfound Gap Road between Gatlinburg and the Sugarlands Visitor Center while a contractor seals cracks and patches potholes.
During the two weeks of May 2 and May 9 the Gatlinburg Bypass will be closed from Monday mornings until noon on Fridays. Those closures will be in effect 24 hours a day because both lanes will be blocked while short sections of the road base are excavated and rebuilt and the expansion joints are replaced in the Ski Mountain Road overpass.
During the weeks of May 16 and May 23 motorists will again find single-lane closures between Gatlinburg and Sugarlands Visitor Center from Monday mornings until noon on Friday as that road is re-paved.
Normal traffic flow will be restored on all the weekends from noon on Friday until 6:00 a.m. Monday.
Work is being conducted by the Aldridge Brothers Construction Company, Inc of Robbinsville, NC under a $1.6 million contract with the Federal Highway Administration.