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Heavy Rain Prompts Black Forest Road Closure

Some Black Forest residents were forced to take a three mile detour on Thursday as officials closed a portion of Black Forest Road due to a collapsing drainage culvert. The county had planned to close the road at the end of the month, but Wednesday and Thursday's rains accelerated the erosion around the culvert, making the road too dangerous to keep open. An estimated 5,000 vehicles pass through the closed section of Black Forest, which runs from Shoup Road to Swan Road. Officials said that two large pipes, about 25 feet beneath the surface of the road, have rusted to the extent they are collapsing. Soil erosion around the giant pipes has caused about six feet of the side of the roadway to fall away, leaving the guardrail without soil for an anchor. The closure will not block any driveways or businesses, but many residents will have to change their usual routes home. The project is expected to cost about $1.3 million, with just over $1 million being covered by a federal highway grant program.

October 22, 2015

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