LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – The bridge over the dam at Lake Junaluska has been closed to vehicle traffic. A recent visual inspection by an engineer pointed to potential concerns in its structural support that will require deeper analysis.
Over the next 30 days, structural engineers will conduct a series of tests. Those tests will result in recommendations for the future of the bridge. From those recommendations, Lake Junaluska will consider various options regarding the use of the bridge and determine estimated costs for repairs.
The bridge will remain closed to vehicle traffic while this analysis is happening. The bridge will stay open to pedestrian traffic.
“When you operate a historic place like Lake Junaluska, there are constantly repairs and updates that need to be made,” said Lake Junaluska’s Executive Director Jack Ewing. “We will send out updates about the bridge as they are made available.”
The structural concerns relate only to the bridge over the dam. The dam itself is inspected on a regular basis according to state standards. The most recent inspection in 2015 resulted in a positive review.
Vehicle traffic is encouraged to enter Lake Junaluska through the main entrance off US 19/Dellwood Road.
From US 19-23 W., take exit 103. Drive one mile until you see Lake Junaluska’s main entrance on the right. Take a right and follow N. Lakeshore Drive to campus.
From US 19-23 E., take exit 102-B. Travel two miles then turn right onto US 19. The main entrance to Lake Junaluska is approximately one-fourth mile on the left. Turn left and follow N. Lakeshore Drive to campus.
Alternatively, vehicle traffic can take S. Lakeshore Drive around the south side of the lake to US 19. Turn right on US 19 and take the next right through the main gate, then follow N. Lakeshore Drive to Lake Junaluska Facilities.
Lake Junaluska was founded in 1913. Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind, and body.