Portion of North Frontage Road closed due to slide, waterline break

Published 7:20 pm Friday, March 6, 2020

North Frontage Road between Iowa and Confederate avenues and Washington Street is closed indefinitely while city workers try to repair a broken 6-inch waterline.

The line was damaged at about 7 a.m. Friday during a landslide on the north side of the road near the eastern approach to the bridge crossing the Kansas City Southern Railroad tracks.

City water and gas superintendent Dane Lovell said the line is a dual line, and one line can be isolated and shut off without affecting service.

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North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield, who is over public works and utilities, said Friday no interruption of service was anticipated at the present time.

He said, however, city crews will have to determine which line is damaged and workers will have to take precautions before excavating the lines.

“Before you can go in there and actually get started moving earth (to make the repairs), you’ve got to shore it below there, because that whole hillside is starting to shift,” he said.

“For a minimum (distance) of 100 yards, the hill is shifting, and in some areas, it’s broke off,” he said. “In some areas close to the road, you might have 4- and 6-inch separation (from the road) all the way down to the entrance of the bridge, which also has separation.

“There’s a steep hill going down to the track and you don’t have anything holding it (the soil),” he said. “Any more rain, and it could get a little more serious.

“If they can get in there before we get 2 to 3 days of rain next week, we’ll be in pretty decent shape,” Mayfield said.

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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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