KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Bridge repair work on Ramsey Prong Road and Greenbrier Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will extend through April 23 due to the inaccessibility of steel beams.

The construction extension means Ramsey Cascades Trail, Porters Creek Trail, and Backcountry Campsite 31 will also remain closed due to lack of access to the trailheads.

Park officials announced that Ramsey Prong Road and Greenbrier Road, past the Greenbrier Picnic Area, will remain temporarily closed to all motorists and pedestrians through the construction. The repairs were expected to be complete at the end of March.

“With the spring wildflower season upon us, we understand that many people will be disappointed in this delayed opening,” GSMNP Superintendent Cassius Cash said. “For the safety of pedestrians and efficiency of operations, we cannot allow visitors to walk through the construction zone to access the popular trails in this area. The crews are working hard to have the site reopened in time for people to still enjoy the area later this spring.”

The picnic area will continue to be open and accessible throughout the closure period. Old Settlers, Brushy Mountain and Grapeyard Ridge trails will continue to be open, but hikers cannot access these trails from the Greenbrier area during the closure and should plan their routes carefully. 

For more information about this work, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/news/greenbrier-road-sections-temporarily-closed-for-bridge-replacement.htm. For more information about temporary road closures across the park, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm