441 Landslide Update
We’re learning more details about work to fix a landslide on Highway 441 through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
January rain caused a landslide that sliced away a 200 foot section of the road linking Cherokee and Gatlinburg. It’s been closed to through-traffic since then, disrupting drivers and revenue. Park officials say it will take 40,000 cubic yards of crushed stone to put the road back in place.
Park spokesperson Dana Soehn says, “And what the reinforced fill will look like is layers of crushed stone with a geo-synthetic material layered every three feet or so intermixed with this crushed stone.”
The expected completion date is May 15th, but park and Cherokee leaders are offering the contractor an incentive to finish early. $18,000 a day for each day prior to May 15th up to a total of half a million dollars.
By Rex Hodge