Highway 20, 4 miles west of Eddyville down to 1 lane controlled by flaggers probably for the next four or five days.
A rain and/or groundwater soaked section of riverbank running along Highway 20 west of Eddyville gave way early this morning. It’s a well known hair-pin curve that now has a piece of river bank gone from the side of it. ODOT is on scene planning to bring in rock and dirt to rebuild it.
The slide was discovered shortly after 6am this morning.
ODOT Public Information Officer Rick Little says ODOT has it down to one lane due to the danger of the soft ground under the east bound (river side) lane. A contractor is being lined up to fix the slide which will likely take a couple of days to mobilize and then another day or two to throw down lots of rock and dirt to rebuild the embankment. Little says they’d like to have it all done by the weekend but it might not happen that fast.
So, in the meantime, allow a little extra time to get to and from the valley because there will be heavy equipment operating in the area starting in a few days and the highway is down to 1 lane, with flaggers.
This section of Highway 20 will be bypassed when the new section is finished in 2016.