Grant Helps Renovate Smokies Campground
When Cosby Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park opens next year, it will have newly paved roads and parking pads.
The park closed the 175-site campground two months early so construction crews could get to work before it gets too cold to pave, according to WBIR-TV, Knoxville, Tenn. The campground is usually open from May through October.
Bill Burns, superintendent of paving construction for Blalock and Sons Construction, said the campground was last paved in 1961.
Park officials said the project would still be on the back burner if it weren't for $64 million in federal stimulus money. It is paying for several construction projects, including improvements at trails and cemeteries, new restrooms and better handicap access.
Park landscape architect Imedla Wegwerth said the paving project is also keeping local people working by employing a Sevierville, Tenn., company.