Cave trail construction open for bid

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Date: June 30, 2015
Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192

MAMMOTH CAVE, June 29, 2015 – Mammoth Cave National Park will rehabilitate approximately two miles of heavily traveled cave trail along the Historic tour route. Those interested in bidding on the contract may visit www.FedBizOpps.gov. The bid period closes July 17, 2015. 

"Funding has become available to upgrade the Historic tour trail in 2016," said Superintendent Sarah Craighead. "With 2016 being the bicentennial anniversary of cave tours, it is good that the cave trails will be repaired. However, we will have to close sections of the Historic route as the work progresses. We will have the Historic tour open during the summer months." 

On average, 225,000 people walk the Historic tour route every year; it is marked by pot holes, loose sediment, and uneven surfaces. 

Most of the existing trails used on cave tours were constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. A boardwalk and concrete paving stones were installed in the last fifteen years as pilot projects to help determine the type of trail that would best suit various cave environments. Paving stones, like those used on patios, have proved to be the most practical method. 

Environmental and cultural assessments are complete. The contract calls for construction to begin in September 2015 and continue through December 2016. Tours will be altered during construction. 

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Last updated: July 15, 2015

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