From 5:00 a.m. this morning through Wednesday, March 14, traffic on the north-bound Spur (U.S. 441) between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge will be funneled into one lane while a Park contractor removes unstable debris remaining from a March 5 rock slide. Traffic in the right hand lane of the Spur will be shifted into the left lane from just north of Little Smoky Road at the Gatlinburg Welcome Center to Huskey Grove Road, a distance of about one mile. Traffic will continue normally in and out of Beech Branch.
Park managers say that north-bound motorists can also expect to experience traffic stoppages of up to 10 minutes whenever loose material is being pulled down from the face of the slide and while dump trucks are being loaded to haul away the rock and dirt.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent, Dale Ditmanson said, "Motorists leaving Gatlinburg enroute to Pigeon Forge can expect to experience delays and will need to pay close attention to the flaggers, temporary signs and other traffic control devices."