GALLIPOLIS — The City of Gallipolis has contracted a job to fix an ongoing earth slip on State Route 588 to prevent possible future traffic issues as the weather continues to erode the hill on which road sits.
“I can’t tell you when it happened. It (the slip) was discovered before I came here,” said Gallipolis City Manager Gene Greene. “It’s been there for a while. If you walk (S.R. 588), right before you get to the bridge about halfway between the bridge and the end of the guard rail, you’ll see a pole that is leaning. The concern is that the area could continue to slip and take part of the road with it and we don’t want that.”
According to Greene, a company has been contracted to come in and “pin” the eroding earth slide. They will then backfill and stabilize the area.
“We’ve already paid our 10 percent (match) and hopefully we’ll get that back,” Greene said. “It’s kind of a joint effort between the county and engineer’s office because it is a state route.”
According to Gallia County Administrator Karen Sprague, the slip was discovered because of the lean of the telephone pole drifting toward the road.
“It’s on the right side just as you’re driving toward the 588 bridge. It’s leaning out in the main lane,” Sprague said. “They’ll have to cut electric service.”
The county and city held a bid opening on June 4, then awarded the bid June 18. Contracts were signed Aug. 27. A preconstruction meeting was held Sept. 9. Notice was given for the contractor to proceed with work on Aug. 27 as well. The project must be completed within 90 days, which is Nov. 25.
According to Sprague, the contractor says work is estimated to officially start Sept. 21. It should take no longer than four weeks to complete the project, she said. The company working on the earth slide is called Geotech Services and is based in Cleveland. The project’s price was set at $109,855.
“We’re going to do more paving than what’s in this contract work and then try to add some sidewalks,” Sprague said. “We have $232,300 in funding for the whole project. It’s part of the county CDBG grant. We also have to Ohio Department of Transportation grants as well.”
E.L. Robinson was also contracted at nearly $40,000 for its engineering consulting services.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.