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Shaky Hillside Prompts Emergency Repairs in Fayetteville

Shaky ground on Rodgers Drive on the south side of Mt. Sequoyah, is a result of imbalanced underground structures.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR-Imagine coming home from work to see a piece of your street sliding away.

"We did some temporary repair with base, and then this morning we came in and found it this way," says Terry Gulley of the Fayetteville Transportation Dept.

Despite the sinkhole resemblance, city official say this pavement-turned-gravel path isn't posing that kind of threat....yet.

Gulley says the shaky ground, which sits on Rodgers Drive on the south side of Mt. Sequoyah, is a result of imbalanced underground structures.

"The weight of it and the continued use of it above, it just slips kind of like two plates slipping on each other," Gulley says.

"The entire hillside is moving and it's pushing out all the way down the hill towards the water tanks."

Speaking of water, expected precipitation could be what ultimately makes it plummet.
And that risk has led the city to schedule emergency repairs.

"Tomorrow (Friday) we'll be cutting in and putting in an 18-inch drain pipe across the road and we're going to direct the water away from this," Gulley says.

Until then, residents are directed around it.

"It's a problem with this neighborhood because it's the only way in and out," Gulley says.

"It had done this a couple of years ago and we had repaired it and it had lasted two years."

After Tuesday's temporary fix, a more concrete plan will be in the works with local and out-of-state engineers.

As they try to avoid any future falling roadways.

"We just want to prevent that from happening."
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