Work on Newfound Gap Road shifts to overnight hours as summer tourism heats up

Smoky Mountains

(Photo via Great Smoky Mountains National Park)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park is shifting work on an 8-mile section of Newfound Gap Road to night time hours. A portion of the road also known as US 441 is being worked on from Chimneys Picnic Area to Newfound Gap.

This is a part of a paving project that began in February and should be complete by November 30, 2021. Daytime work will resume on August 16 to allow for heavy summer traffic. The closures will be managed with flagging operations and a pilot car will lead traffic through work zones. To stay up to date on road closures follow SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter.

Visitors traveling on Newfound Gap Road should expect nighttime delays when traveling the road that connects Gatlinburg with Cherokee, North Carolina. Lane closures are permitted from 7 p.m. on Sundays through 7 a.m. on Fridays.

In addition to lane closures, some parking areas and pull-offs will be closed. No closures will take plan on the weekend or holidays. For more information about road conditions, visit the park website at

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