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Smokies paving project moves to nighttime work

Crews pave Newfound Gap Road at the Morton Tunnel. NPS photo Crews pave Newfound Gap Road at the Morton Tunnel. NPS photo

Nighttime work has begun on an 8-mile section of Newfound Gap Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

The paving project, stretching from Chimneys Picnic Area to Newfound Gap, began in February and is expected to be complete by Nov. 30. Due to heavy summer traffic, all work is now taking place at night. Daytime work will not resume until Aug. 16.

Visitors traveling between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Sundays through Fridays should expect delays. Lane closures will be managed with flagging operations and a pilot car to lead traffic through work zones. Some parking areas and pull-offs will be closed intermittently. There will be no lane closures on weekends or holidays. 

The work is being done through an $8.5 million paving contract that the Federal Highway Administration awarded to Burnsville-based Bryant’s Land Development Industries Inc. A pavement preservation treatment is being applied to a 6-mile section of roadway with a full pavement rehabilitation for the remaining 2 miles. 

Road condition updates are posted at and @smokiesroadsnps on Twitter.

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