County to Fix Slide on Salmon Creek Road
Slide: Salmon Creek 2006
Thomas Road residents will be delighted to know that Humboldt County placed the 2006 slide, above the Starks’ ruined home, out to bid. Estimated costs run around $750, 000. The plan, according to Chris Whitworth from the Public Works Department is to “snug the road into the hillside.” The winning contractor will excavate the soil from the inboard side while detouring traffic to the outside. Rock buttress will be placed against the hill and geo grill, “a fabric that can take tensile stress,” will go in the roadway. The idea is that if the road slumps again (and there is a gigantic slide area above that can’t all be excavated) then the fabric will keep the roadway relatively intact, “retaining
drivability,” unlike the shattered asphalt in the photo above. For some time after the first slip, residents had to ferry groceries and gas for generators across the damaged area to waiting cars. The idea is to decrease the possibility of that ever happening again.
Whitworth explains that heavy equipment will “go into the hill quite a bit. There will be temporary delays” for through traffic. The initial estimate is that the delays should not exceed 20–30 minutes. Any delays of a longer duration will be posted and attempts will be made to contain them to the less heavily trafficed hours–between when people race to work and school and before they return home. Working hours for the crew are expected to be 7am and 5pm. The project is expected to last less than three months–beginning some time after mid May and ending in August.