Landslide repair completed early
By Lucia Suarez
STAFF WRITER | November 30,2012
WEST RUTLAND — The structural rehabilitation of a landslide on Dewey Avenue was completed ahead of schedule. The road, which has been closed to one lane for more than 20 months, is open to two-way traffic, although drivers are asked to proceed with caution.
“They are finishing this week,” said Town Manager Mary Ann Goulette on Wednesday. “(Almost) two weeks ahead of schedule.”
Crews from Jack Bowen Excavating started work earlier this month along a portion of Dewey Avenue that collapsed several weeks before Tropical Storm Irene last year. Work was scheduled to be completed around Dec. 7, but prime weather conditions and weekend hours by the crews helped for an earlier completion.
Only things missing are guardrails, which are expected to be installed Tuesday.
“It was weather dependent. The weather cooperated really well,” Goulette said. “They did a great job.”
Dewey Avenue is a Class 3 road that feeds into the town of Ira with about two dozen residences in the area. The mudslide, which occurred on the downhill side of the road and undermined the road bed, is 90- to 100-feet long at the road and 110- to 120-feet wide below the road at the bottom of the 55- to 60-feet high slope.
To repair the slope, rip-rap, or large stones, will shore up the slope. The stones will be about 4 to 5 feet in diameter at the bottom of the slope and about 2 feet in diameter at the top.
“It’s pretty monstrous,” Goulette said. “They put a lot of stone down.”
The cost of the work is estimated to be $282,459, but final costs will not be available until at least next week. Goulette said there were some parts in the project that the budget went over but also parts where they came in under budget. A $254,205 grant from the Agency of Transportation will pay for most of the project, while the rest will be paid by the town’s highway budget.
Work on Dewey Avenue was postponed by town officials in the fall of 2011 after the engineering for the project was delayed. At the end of this summer, it looked like it would have to be delayed another winter, but the engineers were able to produce the plans on time.