Outdoors Briefs

Changes proposed for Gatlinburg Spur

Proposed safety improvements to the Gatlinburg Spur are open for public comment through Sunday, Sept. 26. 

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is considering intersection improvements in three sub-areas — Gum Stand Road/King Branch Road, Husky Grove Road/Flat Branch Road, and Wiley Oakley Drive — based on findings of a traffic study completed in June 2019. The park is also considering smaller-scale improvements at select locations along the Spur to address current or future safety needs.

The Spur is part of the Foothills Parkway in the park and comprises about 4.2 miles of four-lane divided urban parkway between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. 

The park is initiating an environmental assessment and public scoping period in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act.  

The park is now soliciting input on the proposed action, preliminary range of alternatives and issues to be considered in the environmental assessment. 

Project documents and a comment portal are available at parkplanning.nps.gov/SpurImprovements.  Comments can also be submitted by mail to Superintendent Cassius Cash, Attn: Spur Safety Improvements, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Rd., Gatlinburg, TN 37738.

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