PHOTO SUBMITTED Newfound Gap Road was opened to thru traffic on Monday, nearly a month ahead of schedule. The road had been closed following a landslide on Jan. 16.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-04-16 08:55:16)

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the completion of road repairs to Newfound Gap Road (Hwy 441). The road has been closed since the Jan. 16 landslide that washed away approximately 200 feet of the road.  At 10:00 am on April 15, the Park officially opened the road to all thru traffic between Cherokee, N.C. and Gatlinburg.

Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson, North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Principal Chief Michell Hicks, and Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) Construction Operations Engineer Emmett Melton jointly announced the opening of the road Monday morning 30 days ahead of the scheduled completion date of May 15, 2013. The National Park Service, FHWA, Phillips & Jordan, Inc. (P&J), APAC Harrison Division, and all subcontractors worked cooperatively in the most efficient and expeditious manner possible to restore Hwy 441 to a safe byway for the traveling public, the gateway communities, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  

The primary repair contract was awarded to P&J for the submitted bid of $3,989,890.00 with the completion date set at May 15, 2013. The contract included a monetary incentive of $ 18,000 per day to the each day of completion prior to May 15, 2013, up to a maximum of $504,000 offered jointly by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian (EBCI) and the National Park Service. 

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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