Rumor has it that US-441 from Gatlinburg, TN to Cherokee, NC will be opening very soon, much sooner than May 15th. When this project started the expected completion date was going to be May 15th, 2013. However, that was before the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and The National Park put out a contract taunting a $500,000 incentive to get the road project completed early. The company doing the work does not just get the $500,000 for finishing a day early though. The incentive rules were $18,000 given each day that the road was completed prior to May 15th up to $500,000, so if they finished on May 14th that is $18,000 extra. Now what company would pass up an extra $500,000 on a job that they are already making tons of money on? Exactly, none! This reason alone, along with some “mountain-here-say” from people who would know, is why we think the road will be open very soon. If you do the math $500,000/$18,000 comes out to roughly 28 days, this would make the completion date around April 17th, to ensure the construction company gets the entire $500,000 incentive.
We are excited to get US-441 back open a flowing again because it is such a beautiful drive and brings many people to the area. The economic impact on Cherokee and Bryson City, NC has been felt by the landslide, we are lucky that this did not happen during peak vacation season in the mountains! There are many people that visit this area just to drive through the national park on US-441 and see all the beautiful sites, we do not want to imagine the impact if the road was closed during our busiest seasons! We are very thankful for the hard work that has went in to this project and we can’t wait to hear of an official opening date (from an official source), when we do we will be sure to let everyone know!
We can’t wait to see you this year,
-The Team at Yellow Rose Realty