$11 million to improve Newfound Gap Rd near Gatlinburg

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — More than $10 million from the 2020 Great American Outdoors Act will be used for improvements to Newfound Gap Road near Gatlinburg .

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced Wednesday that approximately $11 million will be used to rehabilitate a two-mile section of Newfound Gap Road.

Single-lane closures along the route could start as early as April 15. All construction is anticipated to end by September 27.

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Park Superintendent Cassius Cash said that this has been a priority project for years and will improve safety and access at one of the park’s busiest road sections.

Newfound Gap Road will be rehabilitated from the Gatlinburg boundary to the gate just past the Fighting Cap Creek intersection near Sugarlands Visitor Center. Paved roadside parking areas in the two-mile section will also be improved.

Other upgrades include the improvements to the Sugarlands Riding Stables entrance road and parking area, River Road and parking area near the park entrance and Gatlinburg Trail, and the rehabilitation of the Gatlinburg Bypass Bridge closest to Newfound Gap Road.

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