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Park to Conduct Road Striping Operations

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Date: May 2, 2014
Contact: Public Affairs Office, (865) 436-1207

A contractor for Great Smoky Mountains National Park will perform striping operations in TN beginning Monday, May 5 throughThursday, May 22along the Spur, Little River Road from Sugarlands Visitor Center to Townsend, the top two miles of Newfound Gap, and Elkmont entrance road. 

Operations will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. on Monday throughThursday. Weather delays due to rain could cause the project to continue beyondMay 22. During the operation, traffic will be reduced to one lane for short sections. Motorists should use caution when they encounter the road striping operations and pay close attention to traffic control devices along the roadway.

Did You Know?

President Roosevelt at the park's Rockefeller Memorial.

Money to buy the land that became Great Smoky Mountains National Park was raised by individuals, private groups, and even school children who pledged their pennies. In addition, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Fund donated $5 million to create the park. More...