2012-11-29 / Front Page

Rain causes hillside slippage

Jill Ballinger/GAZETTE EDITOR

The hillside adjacent to the new turn lane on Highway 49 at Ashworth Road is slip sliding away this morning.

The project, which was completed earlier this year, apparently did not require any erosion control on the hillside, as none was done.

Now that the county is being deluged by rain, the mud is running onto the highway. At this point, the roadway is clear, but much more rain is on the way.

Caltrans officials have not yet responded to questions about the erosion control posed by the Gazette this morning. They have also not answered emails sent by Mariposa County Supervisor Jim Allen that were sent Nov. 21.

The Gazette will continue to monitor the situation and update readers as information becomes available.


This photo was taken around 9 a.m. Friday morning, showing the hillside beginning to flow across Highway 49 South. (Dan Tucker | The Gazette).This photo was taken around 9 a.m. Friday morning, showing the hillside beginning to flow across Highway 49 South. (Dan Tucker | The Gazette).

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Is this another project that

Is this another project that does not have signs,saying who the contractor is? Or where the money came from,like the hwy i40 project south towards Merced? If this was hydro-seeded,they must have used the invisible variety!

It doent take a rocket

It doent take a rocket scientist to figure out this was going to pose as problem come the first big rain. My 4yr old builds better in the back yard with his Tonka Trucks.

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