No Answer To Landslide Problem

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Mon, April 30 2012 at 5:59 PM, Updated: Mon, April 30 2012 at 6:36 PM

A year later, Oregon Department of Transportation decided to close part of Old Siskiyou Highway just below Mount Ashland because of continuous landslides.

Despite twelve dump truck loads of rock, and four hundred work hours to maintain the roadway, O.D.O.T. crews are closing the road after yet another landslide. The hillside began falling apart sometime last year, even then homeowners were asking for a fix. Since then, cars have gone off the roadway, and a firetruck has high-centered while responding to a call of a fire. Two utility companies, Pacific Power and Sprint Communications have had to move power and fiber optic cables because of the failing ground. The slide is also endangering at least one home and another portion of the road at the toe-end of the slide. As a result, O.D.O.T. will close the road and bring in geologists to take soil samples to try and figure out where the slide is going and how big it is. Transportation officials don't expect to make a "Cadillac fix" because the money isn't there. They say a more temporary fix would be around two hundred thousand dollars. In the meantime drivers will be forced to take longer trips to get around. The road will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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