Park Road Rebuild Price Tag Up to $7 Million

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January 30, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Road crews were busy Tuesday working to stabilize the earth where a landslide took out a stretch of the Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. NPS photo by Molly Schroer.

Estimates to rebuild the severed Newfound Gap Road across Great Smoky Mountains National Park range from $3 million to $7 million, with construction expected to begin late next month or in March, National Parks Traveler reported.

Already some $200,000 has been allocated for a contractor to stablize the area where roughly 200 feet of the road was swept away by a landslide earlier this month. That work will involve creating an access road to the slide area, removing debris, and stabilizing the slope above the work area, park officials said Tuesday (Jan. 29).

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