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Chimney Rock Park Closed for Road Repairs

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Roy Cooper, Governor
Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary
Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Katie Hall
Release Date: 
Monday, August 6, 2018
Phone: 
919-707-9350

Chimney Rock Park Closed for Road Repairs

Efforts will fix damage sustained by Subtropical Storm Alberto​
 

Raleigh, N.C. - The Chimney Rock section of Chimney Rock State Park will close to the public beginning Monday, Aug. 6, when the N.C. Department of Transportation begins work to restore a one-lane washout on the main entrance road in the park.

The park was closed in late May 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 was closed for nearly two weeks at that time while state park rangers, Chimney Rock Management associates and contractors worked to clean up fallen trees, power lines and mudslides along the road and trails. The park reopened to guests Saturday, June 9. Since that time, 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 this project has been announced. For the latest updates and news about the park reopening, visit ChimneyRockPark.com or call 828-625-9611.
 
The Chimney Rock section of the greater Chimney Rock State Park is located on Hwy. 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C.
 
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North Carolina State Parks manages more than 234,000 acres of iconic landscape within North Carolina’s state parks, state recreation areas and state natural areas. It administers the N.C Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, including its local grants program, as well as a state trails program, North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers and more, all with a mission dedicated to conservation, recreation and education. The state parks system welcomes more than 19 million visitors annually.

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