Haywood routes part of transportation detour plan

Feb 01, 2013

Alternative routes are being used by travelers after a landslide that occurred on U.S. Highway 441 in January.

The following route is not only an easy alternative, but it also provides a scenic drive. If you’re traveling from the north or west to Maggie Valley or Waynesville, take Interstate 40 East into North Carolina, to U.S. 276 which is the Maggie Valley exit.

Reconstruction for the U.S. 441 started this week and is expected to be finished as early as June.

It is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and connects from Gatlinburg and Cherokee.

“We are informing travelers about alternative routes they can take,” said Lynn Collins, director of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. “We want to encourage our spring travelers to use the alternative roadways because they give you a much more scenic route through Haywood County.”

An I-40 construction project starting Feb. 4.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will also be performing work on three tunnels in the Pigeon River Gorge on I-40 in Haywood County over a two-week period starting Monday, Feb. 4, and will continue for about two weeks. The construction schedule will take place in the following order: Subject to change based on weather conditions. Monday, Feb.4

  • Traffic reduced to a single lane at the tunnel on I-40 West between Exit 7 (Harmon Den) and the Tennessee border.
  • Tunnel on I-40 East between Exit 7 (Harmon Den) and the Tennessee border will be closed and traffic will be routed around the tunnel.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

  • Traffic reduced to a single lane at the tunnel on I-40 West between Exit 7 (Harmon Den) and the Tennessee border.
  • Depending on how work progresses, one of two additional closure options are possible: Tunnel on I-40 East between Exit 7 (Harmon Den) and the Tennessee border will be  closed  and traffic will be routed around tunnel; or
  • Traffic reduced to single lane at the tunnel on I-40 East between Exit 7 (Harmon Den) and Exit 15 (Fines       Creek).

Wednesday, Feb. 6

  • Traffic reduced to a single lane at the tunnel on I-40 East between Exit 7 (Harmon Den) and Exit 15 (Fines Creek).
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