Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced that a paving project that began this spring will resume on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Over the next few weeks, work will be most noticeable at the parking areas near the “Townsend Wye”, located at the intersection of Little River Gorge Road, Townsend Entrance Road, and Laurel Creek Road. Additionally, a parking lot near the entrance to Cades Cove will have minor repairs made to it. The project should be completed by September 14, though work schedules are subject to revision as needed for inclement weather.
Visitors traveling to Cades Cove should expect intermittent closures of parking lots and pull-offs, and minor traffic delays throughout the project area. The Cades Cove Loop Road will not be affected. Contractors will work during daytime hours only, Mondays through Fridays. The overall project includes the application of a thin pavement overlay along with patching, crack sealing, new signage, and pavement markings.
For more information about road conditions, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm or follow SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter.