GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A contract crew is working to reconstruct a section of roadway that was washed away by a landslide inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The contract was awarded to Phillips & Jordan, Inc. of 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.
"It's going to be a lot of work. They're estimating 40,000 cubic yards of material is going to be needed to fill this hole. That's about 4,000 dump truck loads," said Molly Schroer, spokesperson for the National Park.
Newfound Gap Road has been closed since January 16 when the landslide happened. National Park administrators saw cracks in the roadway, but before crews could get up the mountain to check it out, the road way was gone.
The park says the slide was caused by an underground spring that was discovered after the 200 feet of debris washed away..
Park officials and the EBCI worked together to offer 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. 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.
The company plans to start working 24 hours a day next week.