Workers to clear part of Dragon covered by rock slide

A rider tackles the Tail of the Dragon in Western North Carolina (Image courtesy Flickr - Creative Commons)

March 26, 2010 10:50:14 AM PDT
The Tennessee Department of Transportation will allow an emergency contractor to clear a rock slide from a section of U.S. 129 known as the Dragon.

Popular amongst motorcyclists, the Dragon extends through part of NC and Tennessee. It is an 11.1-mile stretch, which contains 318 curves.

The contractor will have to stabilize the mountainside where the slide occurred on March 14.

Work will begin no later than April 5 on a section that is on the southeastern boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cureently, the road is closed from near Chilhowee Lake to the North Carolina line.

The contract will call for completion of the project by July 31.

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