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Smokies to repair 19 bridge locations

The Wiley Oakley Bridge on the Spur is among the bridges slated for repair. NPS photo The Wiley Oakley Bridge on the Spur is among the bridges slated for repair. NPS photo

Work has started on a $1.3 million effort to repair bridges at 19 locations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with construction to continue through August 2023. 

The routine improvements include bridge joint repairs, stone masonry repair, railing replacement and deck replacement. In most locations, single-lane closures will be sufficient to safely accomplish the work, though at a few select sites full road closures may be necessary. 

“Work activity is likely to inconvenience motorists on busy days, however, closures are expected to be in place for less than a week at each of the 19 bridge locations,” said Facility Management Division Chief Barbara Hatcher. “We remind motorists to slow down when traveling through work sites to protect workers.”  

Single-lane closures will occur at the Spur, Gatlinburg Bypass, Little River Road, Tremont, Laurel Creek Road, Newfound Gap Road, Smokemont and Deep Creek. Short-duration, full-road closures will occur at Greenbrier (Ramsey Prong Road), Tremont (gravel road section), Big Creek and Cataloochee. The park will announce specific dates for the temporary, full-road closures when work schedules are finalized. Most of the planned repair work requires minimal equipment and is anticipated to be accomplished within a week at each location. 

Bryant’s Land and Development Industries Inc., based in Burnsville, received the Federal Highway Administration contract for the work. 

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