Due to the rain and snow forecasted for the Smokies area over the next several days, the bridge repair project on the Ramsey Prong Road in Greenbrier has been rescheduled for next week.
The Great Smoky Mountains announced this morning that the Ramsey Prong Road will now be closed from Monday, November 8 through Friday November 12. The project was originally scheduled for this week.
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, November 7th.
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 closure impacts access to the Ramsey Cascades Trail, as well as the Old Settlers Trail.