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Road Closing 2018


Newfound Gap Road between the Newfound Gap area south to the park boundary at Cherokee will be closed from April 30 through June 16 and again from August 16 through September 20. This paving project should be completed by September 20, 2018. Weekday, single-lane closures can be expected beginning April 30. Lane closures are permitted from 7:00 a.m. on Mondays through 12:00 p.m. on Fridays and will be allowed to hold traffic for up to 10 minutes at a time. No daytime lane closures will be allowed on weekends, holidays, or from June 16 through August 15.


Park officials announced that a paving project will begin the week of March 12 on Laurel Creek Road, Townsend Entrance Road, and Tremont Road. The project should be completed by June 15, though work schedules are subject to inclement weather.  


Visitors traveling to Cades Cove should expect weekday, single-lane closures and traffic delays throughout the project. Single-lane closures will be allowed for up to two miles at a time on Laurel Creek Road and half a mile on Townsend Entrance Road and Tremont Road. The lane closures will be managed with flagging operations and a pilot car to lead traffic through work zones. In addition, some parking areas and pull-offs will be closed intermittently. To better accommodate traffic during periods of heavy visitation, there will be no lane closures on weekends, holidays, or the time period from March 26 through April 6