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Streambank project will cause GSMNP lane closure

Erosion is undercutting the Townsend Entrance Road. NPS photo Erosion is undercutting the Townsend Entrance Road. NPS photo

A streambank stabilization project in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will cause a three-month lane closure along the Townsend Entrance Road. 

Work along a section of Little River that was heavily eroded during a February 2020 flood event will include building a rock wall along its base and installing rip rap above the wall to the top of the bank. These repairs will prevent the streambank from eroding further and undercutting the road. 

The project will start Monday, Jan. 3, between the park boundary and Townsend Wye, with a temporary, single-lane closure along a quarter-mile of the Townsend Entrance Road extending through Friday, March 18, to accommodate heavy equipment. 

Townsend Wye and surrounding parking areas will remain accessible throughout the project, though visitors should expect delays. A traffic closure will guide motorists through the closure. After March 18, the contractor will complete any remaining work with temporary, single-lane closure managed by flaggers. All work is expected to be done by May, weather permitting. 

Burnsville-based Bryant’s Land and Development Industries will perform the work through a $625,000 Federal Highway Administration grant. 

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