Tunnel repairs start on Newfound Gap Road

Crews will start repair work on the Morton Mountain Tunnel in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Tuesday, September 2.

Crews are working to replace pipes behind the walls in this tunnel. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Crews will start repair work on the Morton Mountain Tunnel in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Tuesday, September 2.

The tunnel is located 12 miles south of the Sugarlands Visitor Center on Newfound Gap Road.

Officials say a leak in the ceiling and walls caused significant damage on the north end of the tunnel.

During the repair, the tunnel will have one lane closed to allow workers to cut channels for the installation of drainage pipes in the walls and ceiling of the tunnel

Drivers should expect delays through the 0.25-mile, single-lane closure area.

Work is scheduled to last through September 27.


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