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Forest Service Road 422 (Winding Stairs) temporary closure for powerline installation


FRANKLIN, NC (March 28, 2022) – The Nantahala Ranger District issued a Special Use Permit to Duke Energy to install an overhead powerline along Forest Service Road 422 (Winding Stairs Road) and an underground powerline under the paved bike path along the Nantahala River. Construction requires the temporary closure of the road and bike path and was expected to be completed by the end of March. 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. The Forest service will continue to provide updates on the status of the project.
For more information, please contact the Nantahala Ranger District at (828)524-6441.

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