US 460 at Millard, the site of a substantial rockfall on November 4, will re-open at 4:30 p.m. today, according to Darvy Hamilton, Superintendent of Highway District 12’s Shelby Maintenance Garage.
Hamilton said the last truckloads of rock should be hauled away by early afternoon, then the road will be swept and washed, which will take a couple of hours. The plan is to re-open the highway and remove the detour signs about 4:30 this afternoon.
Hamilton said that a huge amount of material was removed in addition to what fell on its own. “We could see that the hillside was unstable. We have removed tons of rock and other material, like dirt and trees, so that we could get the road back to a safe condition.”
Charlie Dale, Section Engineer for District 12, said that Hamilton’s crew and the state’s contractor should be commended for their hard work and expertise in fixing this site. “The rockfall was much larger and more complicated than it first appeared,” he said. “These people worked practically non-stop for more than a week to get the road open and make sure it is safe for traffic. They were even willing to work after dark, all night, but that just was not possible because the conditions were not safe.”
Dale and Hamilton both thanked everyone who was inconvenienced by the situation. “From school buses to tractor-trailers to personal vehicles, there were no doubt thousands of people who had to change their schedules and routes to accommodate the cleanup. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding,” Dale said.