FRANKLIN – The US Forest Service announced on Thursday, Sept. 25 that Ball Creek Road (NFSR 83), located in Macon County, on the Nantahala Ranger District of the Nantahala National Forest, will be temporarily closed for its entire length from approximately Monday, Sept. 29 until late October, depending on the duration of the road work. Ball Creek Road begins at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory and ends at Upper Nantahala Road (NFSR 67).
The road work, conducted by Aldridge Brothers Inc. out of Robinsville, includes the repair of two roadway slides and the replacement of two culverts. This work will serve to repair damages resulting from storm events in January 2013, to improve roadway safety through enhancements in roadway drainage and stability, and to better protect resources against erosion and future road failures.
Funding for this project was secured from Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads.