Newfound Gap Road reopens after three month closure

11:29 PM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
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A section of Newfound Gap Road that had been closed for months reopened Monday.

The stretch of roadway between the Tennessee state line and Cherokee, North Carolina had been closed since January following a landslide. Officials said the landslide was caused by heavy rain.

Drivers were very excited when they learned the "Road Closed" sign had been removed.

Denise Welch of Cherokee, NC said, "I'm very, very glad. Now we'll have traffic coming back and forth and now we won't have to drive the long way just to get over to Gatlinburg."

Donna Welch of Cherokee, NC said, "This is a lifeline from Tennessee to Cherokee and we are just so glad that it's open."

Daniel and Carmen Kislov live in Hesperia, MI and visit the Smokies three times a year. As they prepared to travel to Florida, the couple was told the section of Newfound Gap Road was closed. They wanted to see why the road was closed and said they found out the road opened about a half hour before they made it to the area.

Carmen Kislov said, "It makes for a much shorter ride. Plus, the scenery is gorgeous. It's nice to see that it's at least open."

It was estimated the stretch of Newfound Gap Road would be closed until May 15th, but crews have been working around the clock, and because of that the road opened one month earlier.

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