December 6, 2017 9:50 a.m.
Douglas County Commissioners have approved a contract with a local company to make an “interim fix” on the slide that closed Little River Road south of Glide last Friday.
At the Wednesday morning board meeting, commissioners heard from Douglas County Public Works Director Scott Adams. Adams told the board that slides in the same area first caused issues several years ago. He said the county is working with the federal government on a grant to provide work that should lead to a permanent fix on the situation, but funding is likely still two years away.
Adams said the day after Thanksgiving, some rocks began to fall onto the road. By last Friday a section of the road about 12 miles south of Glide had to be closed altogether. Adams said Triptych Construction started work on mitigating the immediate hazard a few days ago, but a formal contract is needed for the project. Adams said Geo Techs are evaluating how to get one lane open in the area. A release from County Public Information Officer Coleen Haines on Tuesday, said the road could be re-opened in two to three weeks if all goes well. Right now traffic is being detoured through almost eight miles of National Forest and roads owned by Seneca Jones Timber Company.
Commissioner Gary Leif said he went to the slide area on Saturday and watched as rocks were continuing to fall down a hillside. Scott Adams said one rock that has come down is the size of a mid-sized SUV.
Commissioners approved the contract on a unanimous vote. No dollar figure for the contract was mentioned in the meeting.
Following the weekly board meeting, a least one commissioner along with Public Works and other county staff went to tour the slide area. Pictures from that event are expected later on Wednesday.