Courtesy: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
A contractor has been selected to begin rebuilding Newfound Gap Road (US 441) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, after a landslide in January.
According to the National Park Service, Phase 1 of the project has been completed. Contractor APAC -Atlantic, Harrison Division recently developed an access road to the slide area, removed debris, and stabilized the slope above the work area.
Now, contractor Phillips & Jordan, Inc. (P&J) of Robbinsville, NC, will move in for phase 2 of the work. They submitted the winning bid of $3,989,890 for the project. Work could begin as early as Friday.
According to the contract, the work is supposed to be complete by May 15. The workers will fill the area washed away during the landslide with crushed stone, then rebuild and pave the road. The new design of the road will allow for better water drainage.
P&J has some incentive to finish the work early. They could get $18,000 dollars a day for wrapping up before the May 15 deadline, up to $500,000. That money has been provided by the Park Service and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian. On the other hand, the company could be charged $18,000 per day if the work is not completed on time.
Newfound Gap Road will remain closed to thru traffic during the construction, but visitors are still able to access the park to Newfound Gap from the TN side and to Collins Creek Picnic Area from the Cherokee, NC entrance.