The Toledo City Council got a Highway 20 Project update from ODOT Wednesday night. And it would appear that construction, unlike in past years, seems to be moving right along quite nicely. Project Leader Jerry Wolcott told the council that they’ve been gathering data from certain tactics they’ve employed to learn how hillsides above the new roadway are moving and why. The why was rather easy to discover – high ground water, especially after wintertime coastal downpours. ODOT built drainfields inside the moving mountainside and have been letting them drain ever since.
As those hillsides are drained and their ground movements are thereby reduced, Wolcott says ODOT will bring in what looks like very large staple guns to tie the hillside into bedrock deep down below. It’s a technology common throughout the world, and is increasingly catching on in this country.
Wolcott says once they get the hillsides to slow down, if not settle down, they can start finishing the roadway which will connect Highway 20 just east of Eddyville directly to Highway 20 at Pioneer Mountain Loop. Wolcott says ODOT wants to have the whole bypass up and running by the fall of 2016.