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Chimney Rock closed for road repair

The Chimney Rock section of Chimney Rock State Park is closed to the public beginning today for work by the N.C. Department of Transportation to restore a one-lane washout of the main entrance road in the park.

 

The park was closed in late May for two weeks when heavy rains from subtropical storm Alberto caused a portion of the road leading into the park and a retaining wall on the upper parking lot to collapse. The park reopened to guests on June 9. Since then, staff have had to direct visitors through the one-lane area where the road collapsed.


N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews from Rutherford County will perform an emergency slide repair in the state park. Officials expect crews will need at least 10 days beginning Monday to rebuild the road. This project will restore both lanes of Chimney Rock Park Road when completed.  


“This project is typical of repair work that we perform regularly,” Rutherford County Maintenance Engineer Matt Taylor said. “We’re essentially rebuilding a portion of the roadway slope that failed during recent storms.”


Work to fix the retaining wall on the upper parking lot is still in the planning phase. No timeline for the project has been announced. For the latest updates and news about the park reopening, visit ChimneyRockPark.com or call 828-625-9611