Friday, November 23, 2007

Newfound Gap (441) Road Reopens for happy drivers

Newfound Gap Road was safe enough for traffic today so the Great Smoky Mountains National Park service without warning reopened the stretch of 441 running from Gatlinburg to Cherokee.

Drivers were relived to be able to take the shortcut through the park and save the time it would have taken to go around the park via I40.

One of the park visitors we encountered from Georgia told us she was relived as she and her family came into Gatlinburg late Tuesday night through the park and missed seeing the fall colors on the trees in the mountains and the kids wanted a chance to play in the snow. When she came into the park earlier in the day she was surprised that the road was closed.

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