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Highway 441 Reopens

Updated: Monday, April 15 2013, 10:02 PM EDT
Traffic is flowing once again through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

In January a landslide washed out a large section of Route 441 between Cherokee and Gatlinburg.

At 10am this morning the road was re-opened, a full month ahead of schedule.

Park officials, representative Mark Meadows, and Cherokee Chief Michell Hicks gathered at the now repaired road to make the announcement.

Robbinsville based Phillips and Jordan did the $4 million repair work around the clock to finish ahead of the estimated may 15th completion date and pick up a half million dollar incentive.

Cherokee leaders say the 3 month closure cost them a million dollars visitors would have spent.

Chief Michell Hicks, "forget about what occurred. I mean obviously we got the road open. Did what we had to do. Now let's look forward to hopefully a great summer great fall. That's our drive to try to increase those revenues through good advertisement and marketing."

Phillips and Jordan says it took between 2500 and 3000 dump truck loads to bring in enough fill to fix the road.Highway 441 Reopens

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