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Save the Bridge


For more than 100 years, the bridge over the Lake Junaluska dam has served as an important vehicular route and pedestrian walkway. In the fall of 2016 the bridge over the dam was closed to vehicular traffic due to deterioration of the bridge’s steel support beams.

With your help, we can restore the bridge to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The estimated cost is $1.4 to $1.7 million.

Renewal of the bridge will:

  • Promote healthy lifestyles by maintaining the full loop of the walking trail
  • Make it possible to drive completely around the lake
  • Restore one of the lake's historic landmarks
  • Preserve these important experiences for future generations

Ways to Give

  1. Make a Gift

Mail: Lake Junaluska Development Offi­ce
PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

Phone: 828-454-6680



Project Updates

July 17, 2017: Deconstruction of the bridge began in July. RCF Construction began removing the lower level of the roadway to provide access to the concrete beams that support the steel I-beams. The pedestrian walkway will remain open, though may be closed temporarily at times. Safety netting has been erected for additional pedestrian security.

September 22, 2017: Surveyors will access portions of the infrastructure under the dam, requiring temporary removal of decking. The surveying will give further insight into the restoration needs of the bridge.

February 14, 2018: We are waiting on approval from the state to begin construction. Once the approval is received, we anticipate a construction timeline of between 3-6 months. 

April 4, 2018: Lake Junaluska has received the necessary approval from the state to begin construction on the bridge over the dam. With no unanticipated delays, we plan to have the bridge open this fall. Read the full story HERE