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April 18, 2024

County seeks answers after fourth Southside Road landslide

With county officials preparing to talk over possible solutions Tuesday to the continued landslides on Southside Road, there was a fourth landslide at the location Thursday, Supervisor Mark Medina confirmed.

“Yes, there was another one,” Medina said.

He said he received a photo from a constituent at the location shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday. Medina expects public works official John Guertin, director of the Resource Management Agency, to give an in-depth update at Tuesday’s board meeting set for 9 a.m.

“I’ve asked him to be pretty detailed on what’s happening and how we can fix it,” Medina said. “I know he has some things he has been working on.”

Crews were out at the spot over the weekend preparing to come up with a “game plan” Monday before Tuesday’s update. In the meantime, the road remains closed at Blossom Lane and Tyler Trail.

Tuesday’s agenda already included an update and plans to extend a contract with Don Chapin Co. on the construction repairs, taking the total cost to over $1 million since the first slide happened in May. That agenda had called for a reopening Sept. 7, but that looks like it’s in doubt with the most recent slide, Medina surmised.

Medina is waiting to find out more Tuesday.

“What is the root cause? What’s causing these multiple things,” he said.