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The Toledo City Council Wednesday night approved a modified approach to fixing Business Highway 20 between the JC Market and the old fire hall. The slumping in the roadway first appeared last year and was limited to the northbound lane just as the road begins bending to the east. But since then, another set of cracks and slumps have appeared just north of the original cracks, cutting across both north and southbound lanes. “A hill on the move,” according to Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger.
Denlinger told his city council that what was originally thought was a $115,000 road settling repair job may eventually grow into a $400,000 repair project. Whatever the amount, Toledo’s share of the cost is 10.2% of the final tally. City councilors said at an earlier workshop on the issue that the road is too important to be abandoned or treated as a second rate throughway. Denlinger said it means the council is “all in” for the proper fix.
That fix is to be determined after a detailed analysis of the hillside which overlooks at least one house. The house, according to Denlinger, is facing the toe (bottom) of the hill which appears to be under a substantial amount of stress. He says a lot of water may be moving through the hill as the groundwater drains downhill. He said a geologic engineering analysis will reveal what’s going on, which will then determine what the fix is.
The timeline for all this, says Denlinger, is still a little foggy, but the worst case scenario is for the study to be conducted through next winter to gauge water movement through the hillside and its effects on earth movement. However, Denlinger said there may be enough rain storms still left in Mother Nature for this year to where they might be able to get sufficient data to determine a fix this Summer. So a lot is still up in the air.
The council told Denlinger to work with ODOT engineers in determining the best way forward.