The pavement preservation project on Little River Road will resume Monday, Aug. 19, Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials said Wednesday in a news release.
A thin pavement overlay will be applied to the entire length of the roadway between Sugarlands Visitor Center and the Townsend Wye, along with associated pull-offs and parking lots, and Elkmont Road leading to the campground. The project should be completed by Sept. 20, though work schedules are subject to revision as needed for inclement weather, the park said.
Visitors traveling on Little River Road should expect weekday, single-lane closures and traffic delays from Aug. 19 through Sept. 20. Single-lane, daytime and nighttime closures are permitted from 7 p.m. on Sundays through 5 p.m. on Fridays. The lane closures will be managed with flagging operations.
Parking areas and pull-offs will be closed intermittently for pavement application. To better accommodate visitors during periods of high visitation, no lane closures will be allowed during weekends, holidays or on Sunday, Sept. 15, due to anticipated high traffic associated with the annual Fall Rod Run in Pigeon Forge.
The Federal Highway Administration awarded the $6.5 million paving contract to GC Works Inc. Road work will include the application of a thin lift overlay to preserve the life of the pavement. Potholes will be patched before application of the pavement overlay.
For more information about temporary road closures, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm or follow SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter.