U.S. Hwy. 441 in GSMNP Has Landslide

January 18, 2013

Winter weather is not the only problem for a road frequented by many in the region when heading to the Smoky Mountains.

A landslide occurred earlier this week on U.S. Highway 441 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which connects Cherokee, North Carolina to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The slide occurred near mile marker 22 between Collins Creek and Webb Overlook.

Officials with the park said that the first assessment shows that the landslide is approximately 90,000 cubic yards of material, or 350 to 400 feet. They added that it is around the length of a football field and 45 to50 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, according to announcements from park officials.

According to officials, the park still does not have an estimated time frame for the road to be open as staff are continuing to look at the site to assess options for repair and hope to have a rough estimate of a timeframe sometime in the next week.

The park is evaluating the remainder of the roadway, but anticipates Newfound Gap Road will be opened to visitors from the Gatlinburg Entrance in Tennessee to Newfound Gap Parking lot as soon as it is possible. The road will be open to Smokemont on the North Carolina side.

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