Cause, repair time unknown for small landslide that pulled down road in west Loveland – The Denver Post
The cause of land movement that led to a road collapse in west Loveland is not definitively known, and neither is the timeline for fixing the road.
According to people in the area, the portion of County Road 29 just north of West Eisenhower Boulevard collapsed late last week. The small stretch of road now dips around 5 feet below the rest of the street, so part of the northbound lane has been closed.
The same land movement that sucked the road down also toppled trees near the Home Supply Ditch nearby.
While neighbors have different theories as to what caused it, such as work on nearby irrigation ditches, Todd Juergens, director of the county’s Roads and Bridges department, said at this point it is unknown what caused the collapse.
He said while more information on the cause will come to light as crews work on the section of road, he thinks the most likely culprit is nature itself. Juergens said that when the county has particularly wet springs it can cause land movements in rural areas and cause sections of road to collapse.
“It doesn’t happen every spring, but when we get a lot of moisture … the ground is really wet, when it gets wet it gets heavy, when it gets heavy gravity takes over and things want to start moving,” he said.
He said he suspects that the county deals with collapses like this every four or five years, adding that he remembers similar situations in 2016.
Juergens said that while each incident is different, areas of the community that have natural slopes in the terrain have potential to collapse.
Dennis Hoefker lives across the street from the collapse in the 2900 block of County Road 29; he said that he noticed the collapse last Thursday.
“It looks like a landslide,” he said Tuesday morning.
Hoefker said that while the incident has not had a serious impact on traffic or driving in the area, something like this has not happened in the area before. He said he has noticed that ditches in the area are running much higher, including the Handy Ditch behind his house. He said the last time he had water anywhere near as high as it is now was during the 2013 flood.
Several trees were also toppled by this land movement near the Home Supply Ditch nearby. The Consolidated Home Supply Ditch and Reservoir Co. did not return calls Tuesday to discuss this land movement.
“We have a problem, and the ditch company has a problem,” Juergens said. “We are both suffering the consequences.”
It is not known how long road repairs will take. Engineers visited the site Tuesday afternoon, and Juergens said that there is no timeline or details for what this repair would look like. However, he said he suspects that it won’t be cheap.
“Every spot is a different scenario,” he said. “We will start working towards a solution.”
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