Repairs to Smokies landslide to begin

Jan. 29, 2013 @ 05:58 PM

Two steps have been taken to repair the landslide that closed a section of Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) within Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

A contract has been awarded for the first phase of work to APAC –Atlantic, Harrison Division, to develop an access road to the slide area, remove debris and stabilize the slope above the work area. This phase is estimated to cost around $200,000 and will prepare the site for the second phase of work which will involve a reconstruction of the roadway.

This first phase began on Jan. 28, and is expected to be completed in a few weeks.

The contracting for the second phase, involving the actual road reconstruction, was initiated on Jan. 25, when Federal Highways Administration posted a pre-solicitation for qualified contractors. The contract for this phase of work is estimated to cost $3 million to $7 million, and is expected to be awarded by mid-February.

Final construction work will begin soon after.

It is anticipated the project will be complete by mid-May to early June.

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 Tennessee side and to Smokemont Campground from the Cherokee entrance.