$4 Million Road Reconstruction Contract Awarded to Phillips & Jordan Inc.

The Federal Highways Administration has announced that Phillips & Jordan Inc. of Robbinsville, NC, has been awarded the contract to repair the damage done to Newfound Gap Road by a recent landslide. The contract was awarded for the submitted bid of $3,989,890 with a completion date set for May 15, 2013. P&J will start work as early as February 22 to begin the second phase of reconstruction which will include rebuilding the paved road that was washed away and filling in the damaged area with stone. The design of the new roadway will allow for the drainage of water which should prevent any further wash outs in the future. Included in the contract is a monetary incentive of $18,000 per day to P&J for each day of completion prior to the completion date of May, 15, up to a maximum of $500,000. This incentive will be funded jointly by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian(ECBI) and the National Park Service. On the flip side of the incentives, though, the contract also includes monetary disincentives. P&J will be charged $18,000 for every day that the project goes past the completion date. Newfound Gap Road will remain closed for the duration of the construction, but visitors to the park will still be able to access the Tennessee side of Newfound Gap and to Collins Creek Picnic Area from Cherokee, NC entrance.