Muskingum County Commissioners received word Wednesday night that a move to add lime to the wet soil on Northpointe Drive has been approved.
Muskingum County Commissioner Jim Porter said the wet conditions were delaying slip repair work on the road. The addition of lime should help stabilize the soil.
"The lime will actually speed the process up," said Porter. "They are having problems with getting the dirt dried out, so they’ll mix the lime or concrete material in with the dirt that speeds up the drying process and they can work in a lot wetter conditions."
In a meeting Monday Muskingum County Engineer Doug Davis said it’s likely the project won’t be complete by the November 15th Federal Deadline, meaning the county will be responsible for 20% of all costs following the date. Porter expressed gratitude toward the lime approval.
"Otherwise it could have laid there all winter and not be open," said Porter. "This makes the chances of it being open a lot better."
Portions of Northpointe Drive have been closed since March due to slippage. At this time there is still no word on when the roadway will be reopen. Porter said construction of the slip repair relies on the weather.