Park landslide being assessed; no reopening time estimated

Jan. 17, 2013 @ 11:26 AM

The first assessment of the landslide which occurred in Great Smoky Mountains National Park along Newfound Gap Road in North Carolina shows that the landslide is approximately 90,000 cubic yards of material or 350-400 feet.

It is around the length of a football field and 45-50 feet deep.

The slide is still active. An assessment team, made up of park staff and federal highway employees, observed debris continuing to fall.

The park still does not have an estimated time frame for the road to be open. Officials are continuing to look at the site to assess options for repair and are hoping to have a rough estimate of when it might reopen sometime in the next week. Inclement weather is expected over the next few days which may hinder the assessment team.

Further updates on the road condition are planned.