Smokies officials hope to reopen road Tuesday

Associated Press - March 23, 2010 12:15 PM ET

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - National Park Service officials hope to soon reopen a section of Little River Road that was closed by a rock slide.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park spokesman Bob Miller said Tuesday a crew scraping loose rock expected to complete the job at midday.

The crane then will be dismantled and the pavement repaired.

An eight-mile stretch of the road near Metcalf Bottoms was closed early Thursday after rocks, soil and debris tumbled from a rock face.

Miller said officials hoped to reopen the section late Tuesday.

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