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.