Friday, November 6, 2015

Millard rockfall work continues; hillside still unstable

PIKE COUNTY – Friday, November 6, 2015 – Officials at Highway District 12 expected to have at least one lane of US 460 at the site of a rockfall open today. That did not happen because the hillside is still unstable.

“The mountain is still moving,” said Superintendent Darvy Hamilton. “It would not be safe to open the road when we can hear and see that more material is going to come down. We are going to take down as much rock and dirt and trees, as much material as we can, but that’s going to take some time. It is no longer just a matter of breaking up and removing the rock that has already fallen.”

Hamilton said work will continue through the weekend and into next week. “We will work at this site during daylight hours until we fix it and it is safe for people to travel,” Hamilton said. “Right now I don’t want to make any predictions about how long that’s going to take. The predictions we’ve made so far have been inaccurate because we weren’t counting on the hillside continuing to come down, so I don’t want to get people’s hopes up and then we can’t make it happen in that amount of time. It will take however long it takes to make the highway safe.”