Contract Awarded for Newfound Gap Road Repairs
Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) awarded the contract to repair the Newfound Gap Road landslide to Phillips & Jordan, Inc. (P&J) of Robinsville, NC. The contract was awarded for the submitted bid of $3,989,890.00 with a completion date set at May 15, 2013.
P&J will mobilize as early as Friday, February 22, 2013 to begin Phase 2 of the reconstruction project which will include rebuilding the paved roadway and filling the area washed away during the landslide with crushed stone. The design will allow for the drainage of water which will protect the road and park resources from future damage. The fill area will be naturally sloped and planted with native seed. APAC-Atlantic, Harrison Division recently completed Phase 1 of the reconstruction project by developing an access road to the slide area, removing debris, and stabilizing the slope above the work area.
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. The amount donated by the EBCI will apply to the first 14 days of the incentive period at the above rate. In addition to the monetary incentives, the contract also includes monetary disincentives. The contractor will be charged $18,000 per day past May 15, 2013 to help insure the project is completed on schedule.
High waters also destroyed the pedestrian bridge (top photo) across Walker Camp Prong along the popular Chimney Tops Trail. The 70-foot long pedestrian bridge, originally built in the late 1950s, will have to be entirely replaced to allow trail access. Trail crews are assessing bridge replacement options and do not yet have a date estimate for completion.
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.