Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Ives Road in Duluth has re-opened after officials say a hole formed near the abutment to a bridge last week.
The road closed last week after the hole formed. St. Louis County Public Works employees have repaired the hole, which measured approximately two feet in diameter and five feet deep.
County engineers say that a residual effect from last summer's flood is likely the cause, specifically, that flood waters undermined the abutment. The road's surface material had bridged the void to date, but with the spring thaw, the hole appeared.
"This is obviously a concern for us, and is something our road crews are on the alert for," said Jim Foldesi, St. Louis County Public Works Director in a news release,"Last summer, we were able to quickly identify and begin repairs on roads and bridges with surface damage, but we also suspected there would also be sub-surface impacts that would take some time to appear. It's one of the reasons we have asked lawmakers for flexibility in how flood recovery funds are allocated."
St. Louis county sustained more than $35 millino in damage to its infrastructure in last summer's storm.
Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati