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  • Nantahala RD: Multiple areas under construction

    The following areas have ongoing construction throughout the winter months:

    Winding Stairs Rd: Duke Energy is installing an overhead powerline along Winding Stairs Rd (FS 422). Work began on Nov 29 and is anticipated to finish in late March.

    Update 3/29/22: Additional time is needed due to engineering complexities. The new expected completion date is May 27, 2022. The gate for Winding Stairs Road and the bike path will remain closed until the completion of the project.

    Cowee Bald/Connelly Creek Rd: 34 culverts will be replaced. The project will be completed in two phases, beginning with Connelly Creek Rd (phase 1) and then Cowee Bald Rd (phase 2). The contractor began Nov 8 on Connelly Creek Rd (FS 86). During construction, visitors can expect up to 4-hour delays. Cowee Bald Rd (FS 70) will be unaffected by delays during phase 1.