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Gravel Creek Bridge to close for a month

  • Palestine Road at the Gravel Creek Bridge will close at 7 a.m. Wednesday for about a month to make pavement and slope repairs.

    Palestine Road at the Gravel Creek Bridge will close at 7 a.m. Wednesday for about a month to make pavement and slope repairs.
    Pete Spitler/Herald Tribune

 
 
updated: 10/24/2017 1:24 PM

Palestine Road at the Gravel Creek Bridge will close at 7 a.m. Wednesday for about a month for pavement and slope repairs, according to Randolph County Highway Department engineer Mike Riebeling.

The contractor on the project is Stutz Excavating from Alton, which was the low bidder. The Randolph County commissioners previously approved a soil analysis on the section of roadway after the New Year's Flood of 2015-16 caused a slope slide on the hill.

The slide was patched, but last spring's flooding caused it to slide again and extend 30 feet further north.

Old Randolph County maps showed the road was constructed in the 1950s and a small sinkhole, as well as an abandoned well, had been previously filled in in the area.

"People will still be able to get to the road by Three Springs Lodge and at the other end, Union School Road," Riebeling said.

Motorists who travel the area should plan accordingly.

 
 
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