Jackson holds off on engineering contracts to stabilize slipping land, citing uncertainties


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JACKSON, Wyoming — Jackson's town council has decided not to immediately award contracts to design a stabilization plan for a creeping landslide.

The Jackson Hole News&Guide reports (http://bit.ly/1w6aQmR) council members had too many questions about costs, what to do about private property on the affected slope and other issues. The engineering and other work by two companies could cost $466,000.

The council will consider the issue once staff obtain more information about the proposed contracts for Landslide Technology and Nelson Engineering.

The hillside collapsed in April, splitting one house in two and threatening other houses and businesses.

Crews slowed the slide by piling rock along the base.

Permanently stabilizing the hillside is expected to cost $7.5 million. The project would include building buttresses, removing earth from the top of the slide and digging out the slippery clay surface at its base and replacing it with rock.

But councilmembers said they didn't know yet how the town can remove earth from the top. That earth is located on private property. Talks are underway with the owners.

Other unknowns include costs for traffic control. And the council hasn't decided what to do with Budge Drive, including whether to build another access to the hillside neighborhood.

Town Manager Bob McLaurin said officials need to consider how the project will be paid for. The amount of state funding is uncertain, he said.

Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com

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