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Bridge work prompts Greenbrier road closures

Two road sections in the Greenbrier area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed for bridge replacement through Friday, March 26. 

Ramsey Prong Road and the portion of Greenbrier Road past the picnic area are included in the closure, which applies to all motorists and pedestrians. The picnic area will remain accessible throughout the closure period. 

Ramsey Cascades Trail, Porters Creek Trail and Backcountry Campsite 31 will also be closed through March 26 due to lack of trailhead access. Old Settlers, Brushy Mountain and Graveyard Ridge Trails will remain open, but hikers will not be able to access them from the Greenbrier area and should plan their routes carefully. 

The full closure is necessary to safely and efficiently replace the Ramsey Prong Road Bridge. Crews will be operating heavy equipment along the roads and using road sections as staging areas for materials. The effort is part of a larger Federal Highway Administration project to replace seven bridges and repair seven others across the park.  

For more information about temporary road closures, visit www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm.