The Stillwater County Commissioners have issued an update on the Stillwater River Road rockslide. Standing rock from the slide has closed the road to through traffic from Absarokee to Nye since June 3, 2015.
According to the update, Stillwater County has awarded a contract to HI TECH Rockfall Construction, a general contractor specializing in rockfall mitigation and slope stabilization systems located in Forest Grove, Oregon.
The contracted work includes:
- removing (scaling) loosened and/or unstable blocks of rock from a near-vertical, approximately 250- to 300-foot-high slope adjacent to Stillwater River Road
- drilling weep holes into the rock slope
- making reasonable effort to prevent scaled material from entering the Stillwater River
- removing, hauling, and disposing of existing slide debris covering the road
- removing, hauling, and disposing of debris generated by the scaling operations
- removing any rocks which land or come to rest in the channel of the Stillwater River below the ordinary high water mark.
Work will begin on January 9, weather permitting. Once the project has begun, the contract allows for a sixty day project time, with possible delays for poor weather.
When the work is complete, the road will be reopened, approximately two years after the slide occurred. Not a shining example of effective county government, but residents will welcome the completion of the work.
The County Commissioners ask that residents recognize that this is dangerous work, and request that people stay out of the area while the work is being performed.
Previous posts on this topic:
Stillwater River rock slide reminds us of the dangers of drilling
Stillwater County residents: public meeting on Stillwater River Road closure this Thursday
Important documents for Thursday’s meeting on the Stillwater River Road closure
Stillwater County Commissioners ignore County residents on issue after issue. This has to change
Update, January 11
The Commissioners have updated the status to indicate that work on the road project is delayed due to weather conditions. Work is now scheduled to start on February 20.
Update, February 27:
I received a communication from County Commissioner Mark Crago that the start of work has been postponed to March 27.