The small slumps and cracks in Business Hwy 20 above the JC Market will not be repaired this construction season, according to Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger. Denlinger says ODOT and Toledo Public Works have been monitoring the road and have determined it’s not moving much, if at all. ODOT has sunk a number of monitoring holes (and will drill more) to gauge whether the movement is done for now, or if it might be affiliated with a slide to the south near JC Market, or another to the north near the old fire hall.
Denlinger says ODOT wants to monitor the situation through the upcoming wet season to see if there is any movement that would trigger the need for a big expensive fix. Denlinger says ODOT thinks the road slumps and cracks are mere settling of the road – not something that portends a landslide. He says the homes below the area do not appear to be in any danger.
“At the end of the wet season, we’ll know a lot more than we know now and can budget repairs accordingly,” said Denlinger. Denlinger told NewsLincolnCounty.com that it may boil down to a simple re-leveling of the road bed and asphalt repair. The city has $150,000 set aside as its contribution to the project with ODOT paying the rest. However, if the repairs are more expensive, the city’s contribution could conceivably go up.