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.
|Published: 8:55 AM, 04/16/2013
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
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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