A section of Newfound Gap Road that had been closed for months reopened
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.