PRESS RELEASE: HENRY COUNTY, Ala. – Repairs due to flood-related landslide damage to State Highway 95 began Monday, July 12, and should be completed in approximately three months, weather permitting.
State officials encountered delays in May 2010, after the Federal Highway Administration required an environmental assessment before a private property easement could be obtained to allow work to proceed. The environmental clearance and approval was received and work is moving forward.
State officials conducted and completed engineering, geological and groundwater studies to finalize repair plans to stabilize the clay banks and rebuild where the landslide washed out the roadway in February.
State Highway 95 is an important two-lane highway in Henry County that runs through Abbeville. The washout is located between mile markers 54 and 55 or about nine miles south of Eufaula. The highway remains closed between Abbeville and U.S. 431.
Repair plans include replacing a drainage pipe, replacing the unstable clay soil, adding a rock buttress for additional stability, and adding a drainage system to remove excess groundwater and rainwater runoff from the hillsides and shoulders before backfilling the excavated area with new, more stable fill material. The repaired area will be resurfaced and striped with new roadway markings.
Already this year, several other sinkholes and landslides on Alabama highways, caused by extremely rainy conditions, have been repaired. ALDOT thanks motorists for their patience during this construction to improve Alabama’s roadways.