Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the temporary closure of roads within the Greenbrier section of the park during the month of November for bridge repairs. The Ramsey Prong Road will be closed from the turnoff to the Ramsey Cascades Trailhead on Tuesday, November 1 through Monday, November 14 to allow repairs on two bridges. During this time period, hikers will be allowed access to the Old Settlers Trail. No vehicular, bicycle or pedestrian access will be allowed beyond that point.
The entire Greenbrier Area will be closed on Monday, November 14 through Friday, November 18 to allow bridge repairs to be made to the bridge just before the Ranger Station on Greenbrier Road. All vehicles, pedestrians, picnickers, bicyclists, and horses are prohibited during this time period.
These bridge repairs are part of a larger project administered by the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration to make preventative repairs to various bridges throughout the park. The repairs will be made by Bluegrass Contracting Corporation out of Lexington, KY. The bridge decks and railings will be removed and replaced on all three bridges. Running boards will then be installed atop the new bridge decks.
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