Part of Cherohala Skyway collapses near Tennessee line (closed for months)

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by Python423, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Python423

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  2. MrTwisty

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    Damn, that sucks.
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  3. Dirtysouth

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    And it's still raining. Hopefully it will be ready to go for the spring. I guess now there will be more traffic on the "dirt" Skyway until they get it open.
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  4. MTKNZ

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    Now that is gonna take some fixing!
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  5. It'sNotTheBike

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    I hope that the civil engineer responsible for counting on concrete
    pilings which were sunk not nearly deep enough into easily eroded soil
    is now the night manager at a Wendy's, and that his engineering career
    is behind him.

    You don't even need to be a civil engineer to take one look at this mess
    and know it was a questionable idea to put a road on a steep easily eroded
    dirt embankment. Of course some folks don't realize that engineers make mistakes.
    For them we have an all expense paid one-way trip on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
    ( they might want to bring a gas mask, because when batteries burn the smoke is rather
    nasty to breathe ).


    There is a place south of San Francisco called Devil's Slide. The engineers
    finally grasped the futility of trying to maintain the road which passed through that
    area and simply closed the road. Some ideas, despite the hubris
    of men who want to "leave their mark" on the world, are just plain bad ideas.



    By the way, Mr. Dirtysouth, that is the best sig I've ever seen on any forum,
    anywhere.


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  6. ihatefalling

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    Says it's just west of the Stratton Meadows bridge.

    I think the Stratton Meadows bridge is what we go under when we run N River Road.

    So that means the road is out on the Tellico side of the bridge....FWIW.

    Man........ that's a loooong way from nowhere.
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  7. Moto-Kafe

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  8. klaviator

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    There is still a way through unless the Forest Service roads get closed too:D
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  9. klaviator

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    I guess this means that those willing to ride off the pavement can still get through and everyone else is SOL. Lets hope the forest service roads don't get closed too.
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  10. Cataract2

    Cataract2 Where to?

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  11. travlin

    travlin Been here awhile

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    What piling wall? Are you saying there was a piling wall in place before the slide? We have occurrences like this often on our older roads in WV. I have never seen a failure where a piling wall is in place. Rule number one in a piling wall is the piles are driven to what is called refusal which basically means a hard enough surface that will cause the piles to bend or twist instead of going deeper. Should be a rather quick fix.
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  12. Dr.Z

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    Looks passable to me! :wink: there's creative ways to get around barricades, no?
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  13. TeneRay

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    I just rode that last weekend. Good thing it didn't collapse then because I couldn't see sh!t from all of the fog and rain!
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  14. Bar None

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    Hope FSR81 is passable as we planned to run it in April for the 2nd Annual Sidecars in the Smokies April 25 – 28

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  15. Bar None

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    From Graham Star Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

    "North Carolina transportation officials plan to
    open an on-site detour route
    around a closed section of
    the Cherohala Skyway in
    Graham County near the
    Tennessee state line by
    Monday."
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  16. ihatefalling

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    Cool . . . . . :D
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