Gatlinburg SkyLift Park’s SkyBridge closes, reopens after glass panel cracks


GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WKRN) — Gatlinburg SkyLift Park’s SkyBridge reopened Tuesday after it had closed for repairs on one of its glass panels Monday night.

The park said the upper layer on one of its glass panels cracked after a guest attempted a baseball- style side across the glass. The bridge was closed Monday night around 8:30 after it was damaged.

Park officials said a metal object on the guests clothing chipped the glass, causing noticeable cracks in the protective top layer of glass.

These cracks do not affect the structure of the bridge and the top layer is only there to protect the additional layers.

The bridge structure features three glass panels at its center, each measuring 5’ x 5’. The structural glass is three-ply with the upper layer serving solely to protect the additional layers and does not affect the structural integrity in any way.

No injuries occurred and guests were never in any danger. The bridge has rules posted for guests to never run, jump or bounce on the structure. Repairs are expected to be finished Tuesday.

The suspension bridge stretches 680 feet and includes three 5-foot-by-5-foot glass panels, for a total of 75 square feet of clear view down to the forest below.

The park says the glass is three-ply, meaning there’s an upper layer that only serves to protect the bottom layers.

Damage to the top layer would not affect the bridge’s structural integrity, the park said.


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