This photo released by Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Wednesday shows the extent of damage a landslide caused to the Newfound Gap Road across the park.

This photo released by Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Wednesday shows the extent of damage a landslide caused to the Newfound Gap Road across the park.

While engineers have completed their initial assessment on the blown-out section of the Newfound Gap Road across Great Smoky Mountains National Park, they have no timetable yet for when the road will be rebuilt and open for traffic.

The Federal Highways Administration engineers now are in the initial stage of preparation work to reconstruct the 200 linear feet of road washed out by a muddy landslide back on January 16. This first phase of work will include the stabilization of the slide, removal of landslide debris from the work area, and the completion of a path for construction vehicles to access the section of the slide below the roadway.

The work is being coordinated by the FHWA and is expected to begin as early as next week, park officials said.

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