Little River Road Paving Project
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced that there will be a pavement preservation project that will begin on Tuesday, February 19th. The Little River Road Paving Project is expected to be completed on September 20th, 2019. The entire length of the 16.5 mile road between Sugarlands Visitor Center and and the Townsend Wye will be paved. Also included in the paving project are the pull-offs, parking lot and the 1.5 mile Elkmont road that leads to the campground.
to the Smokies that will be taking Little River Road should expect single-lane closures and traffic delays from February 19th through June 14th and then again from August 19th through September 20th. Closures will be permitted from 7am on Mondays through 12pm on Fridays. These single lane closure will be managed by flagging operations. The associated parking lots and pull-offs will be closed at irregular intervals to the paving. Although this project will be ongoing for several months, visitors will be happy to know that the Little River Paving Project will not mess up busy summer months, weekends or holidays in the Great Smoky Mountains. There will be no single lane closures during the busy summer months, weekends, or holidays including the week of Easter.
In addition to this Paving Project, the National Park will also be doing tree removal during this time along that same stretch of road as well as others like Cherokee Orchard Road, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and the Gatlinburg Bypass.
For more information on road closures, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm