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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will receive $64 million in stimulus money from this year’s 2009 Stimulus Package. The national park will use this money for upgrading roadwork, restrooms and trail maintenance. These upgrades will be split between Tennessee and North Carolina.
A majority of this $64 million stimulus money will go towards building a bridging extension off the Foothills Parkway in Tennessee.
These updates are going to create up to 1,500 jobs to perform these updates. Which will help out the ailing economy.
The Great Smokies National Park is one of the most popular parks in the nation attracting up to 9 million people a year. The annual budget that the park has is just under $20 million and has a backlog of upgrades that total over $200 million. These stimulus funds that they received for the $64 million upgrade will go a great way towards updating the park and it’s infrastructure.
$1.2 million of the stimulus funds from the stimulus package is to improve 22 miles of horse trails in Tennessee and 10.4 miles into North Carolina.
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