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Engineers keeping an eye on area road slips

Updated: Wednesday, May 21 2014, 12:36 PM EDT

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -- With more storms expected Wednesday, crews are keeping close watch on road slips across the valley.
Mud and mess is making its way onto the roads -- and giving out under them -- the result of a soggy spring that has lacked a significant dry period.
The Jefferson County Engineering Department is seeing its fair share of slides. A slip along County Road 36 near Bloomingdale resulted in a pile a mud on the roadway. Crews were on scene Wednesday morning trying to bring the road back to its full width.
"We don't want to do too much excavation because we may get more slipping if we do that,” County Engineer Jim Branagan said. “So what' well do is try to keep it off the road then when the weather dries out, we'll find a fix for it. I’m thinking probably some type of rock impoundment around it.”
That may only provide a temporary fix. Branagan says the nearby home owner may want to consider putting in French drains on his property, or even planting trees on the slope to prevent further yard slippage.
Meanwhile, along County Road 26 near Fernwood, what was a small crack a couple of weeks ago is now a missing section of road, having slipped a couple of feet causing a large loss of roadway. County engineers reviewing bids in order to fix this slip.
"The road is still open,” Branagan said. “We have some barrels, but the slip is dropping pretty quickly.”
He said there’s another slide on County Road 18 just off County Road 17. They’re working on a fix for that, too, as well as keeping their eye on a number of other spots in the county.
The slips are a problem that come at a price.
"We estimate around $200,000 a year we put in our budget a year for fixing slips,” Branagan said. “It's a constant occurrence. Some years we're lucky some years we have a lot more than that."
Last year, Branagan said they encountered a higher number of slips, but so far, this year’s slides are calling for more immediate action.
If you see a slip, you should contact the county engineering department right away so they can first get barrels and signs out to alert drivers. From there they'll determine the best plan of action moving forward.

Engineers keeping an eye on area road slips


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