An environmental assessment of proposed improvements to the Spur between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg is out for public comment through Sunday, June 5.
In August and September 2021, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park solicited feedback on the issues and preliminary alternatives for improving the road. After reviewing comments, they completed the EA.
Under the preferred alternative, the National Park Service would implement corridor-wide improvements as well as specific improvements at three subareas along the Spur. Corridor-wide improvements would include installing curb and gutter treatments, shoulder hardening, rockfall mitigation, intelligent transportation systems and pull-off areas. Intersection improvements would take place at Gum Stand Road/King Branch Road/Gnatty Branch Road, Huskey Grove Road/Flat Branch Road and Wiley Oakley Drive.
To submit comments or review the document, visit parkplanning.nps.gov/spurimprovements. Comments can also be submitted via postal mail to Gatlinburg Spur Improvements EA, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.