Reconstruction on Newfound Gap Road starts

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Contract crews have arrived to start work on Newfound Gap Road with construction expected to run through the weekend.

Friday morning crews from Phillips & Jordan arrived with equipment and started setting up stablization measures to get the road reconstructed inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The contract was awarded to the Robinsville, NC. According to the national park, the contract was awarded for the submitted bid of $3,989,890.00 with a completion date set at May 15, 2013.

Work on phase 2 will start as early as Friday, February 22, which will be reconstruction of the of the roadway and filling the washed away area with crushed stone.

The contract includes a monetary incentive of $ 18,000 per day to the selected contractor for each day of completion prior to May 15, 2013, up to a maximum of $500,000 offered jointly by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian (EBCI) and the National Park Service.

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.

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