‘Slope Failure’ along E. Beltline near Cascade Rd

Part of a hillside along East Beltline has started sliding towards the highway (May 9, 2014).

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Drivers traveling by it on the East Beltline near Cascade Road may have noticed part of a steep hillside sliding toward the highway.

Part of the hillside has broken loose and has slid part way down the slope.

Michigan Department of Transportation engineers call it ‘slope failure’. They say it started last year during the flooding rains.

While it may look like something to worry about, officials say the hillside is not ready to slide into the road and they have plans to fix it.

“The heavy rain last year kind of saturated the top soil, which is on top of sand and had a little avalanche effect. Our crews were just there [Thursday] looking at it, cause we know it’s a trouble spot and because of that heavy rain, it qualifies for some FEMA emergency funds,” MDOT spokesman John Richard said.

This summer the Kent County Road Commission will beef up the hillside and put in a drain to channel away rain water. It is unknown how much the project will cost.

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