February 21st , 2013 8:49 am Leave a comment

Contract awarded to repair Smoky Mountains landslide

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GATLINBURG — A landslide that sent a section of Newfound Gap road down a Smoky Mountains slope will cost nearly $4 million to repair. The highway should be open by summer.

The National Park Service announced the Federal Highway Administration awarded the construction bid to Phillips & Jordan, Inc. of Robinsville, NC. The stated completion date is May 15. Work will begin immediately.

Heavy rain in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park resulted in a 200-foot section of the road — also known as U.S. 441 — sliding down the mountain on Jan. 16.

Park visitors entering on the Tennessee side can drive as far as Newfound Gap. Traffic from Cherokee, N.C., can go as far as the Collins Creek picnic area.

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