Thursday, January 17, 2013

Newfound Gap Road Landslide Update

The first assessment of the landslide which occurred in Great Smoky Mountains National Park along Newfound Gap Road in North Carolina shows that the landslide is approximately 90,000 cubic yards of material or 350-400 feet. It is around the length of a football field and 45-50 feet deep. The slide is still active and an assessment team, made up of Park Staff and Federal Highways employees, observed debris continuing to fall.


The park still does not have an estimated time frame for the road to be open. Federal Highways and park staff are continuing to look at the site to assess options for repair and is hoping to have a rough estimate of a sometime in the next week. Inclement weather is expected over the next few days which may hinder the assessment team.

Further updates on the road condition will follow as details are determined.

Here's a map showing the location of the slide:




Jeff
HikingintheSmokys.com

5 comments:

bernie kasper said...

That is a big one to be sure that will be a pain to fix !!

The Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

At a minimum I would expect it will be several months - it could be next year??

Chuck Allen said...

Looks bad.

Ethan Legler said...

Can I get to Newfound Gap Parking area from TN?

Anonymous said...

thanks for share........