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Newfound Gap Road in Smokies opens a month ahead of schedule

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Charles Sellers, acting chief of facilities management for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, removes a "road closed" sign on Newfound Gap Road. Photo by J. Miles Cary/News Sentinel Charles Sellers, acting chief of facilities management for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, removes a "road closed" sign on Newfound Gap Road. Photo by J. Miles Cary/News Sentinel

CHEROKEE, NC (News Sentinel) -- Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park reopened at 10 a.m. today, only three months after a major landslide took out a 200-foot section of pavement six miles south of Newfound Gap.

As a reward for finishing the job a month ahead of a May 15 deadline, contractors received a $500,000 bonus, funded by the National Park Service and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

The North Carolina section of the road, also known as U.S. 441, has been closed since Jan. 16.

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