Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ramsey Prong Road to be closed for bridge repairs

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Chief of Facilities Management Alan Sumeriski announced today that the Ramsey Prong Road in the Greenbrier Area of the park will be closed for bridge repairs from Monday, November 1 through Friday November 5.

For safety reasons the Ramsey Prong Road beyond its junction with the Porters Creek Road will be closed to all use including, cars, bicycles and pedestrians. Park officials have advised that all vehicles will have to be out of the Ramsey Cascades Trailhead by Sunday night, October 31.

According to Sumeriski, “Bridge inspections performed by the Federal Highway Administration showed deficiencies which will be corrected during the closure period. One bridge will be stripped to the support beams, and be totally re-decked and get new bridge rails, while the other will receive less extensive repairs to both end of the wooden bridge deck. Barring any extreme weather conditions, rock slides or other complications we should reopen the road by the end of the day on Friday.”

This will obviously impact access to the Ramsey Cascades Trail, as well as the Old Settlers Trail.


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