Telegraph Street closes again for continued roadwork

Signs marking the closure of Telegraph Street at Washington Parkway, Washington City, Utah, Sept. 27, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY – While the issue of the slow-moving slide on a hillside portion of Telegraph Street appears to have been resolved, the road will once again be temporarily closed for utility and general roadwork.

Work on creating an earthen buttress designed to counteract a slow-moving slide on hillside between Washington and Highland parkways in Washington City began Tuesday. However, as heavy machinery began to clear the ground at the foot of the hillside, the slide dropped 6 inches, necessitating a closure of a section of Telegraph Street until the hill is considered stabilized by city officials, Washington City, Utah, Sept. 27, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
File photo: Telgraph Street north of Washington Parkway prior to the construction of the hillside buttress and the laying of a temporary road surface, Washington City, Utah, Sept. 27, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Access to Telegraph Street between Washington Parkway and state Route 9 will be closed from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, according to a statement from Washington City officials Wednesday.

The work will take place specifically between Washington and Highland parkways where damage has been caused by a slow-moving landslide. That issue appears to have been resolved with the construction of an earthen buttress. No major movement has been detected since the buttress was completed, Mike Shaw, Washington City’s public works director, said Monday.

As one part of an overall estimated $1.5 million fix and repair bill, city officials hope the buttress will put an end to the slide that has been occurring along a 700-foot stretch of the hillside. The gradual drop in the hillside really hadn’t been a major issue until late 2014, officials said, when it began to pick up speed.

Visible cracks appeared in the roadway in late summer, becoming more pronounced as time passed. The road has since been temporarily resurfaced and will eventually receive a more permanent surface as roadwork concludes.

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5 Comments

  • wilbur November 23, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    What’s the over / under on this thing sliding again when the rains start?

  • Tim November 23, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Might want to check your facts before posting an article trolling for views. Telegraph road is, in fact, NOT CLOSED – nor has it been all day. I have driven over it 4 times now, in the last 12 hours. Using an old picture of when it was closed, rather than fact finding – you should be ashamed.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic November 24, 2016 at 7:02 am

      Well. Hmmm. The thing is, Tim, this report advises of a forthcoming closure; although it would be remarkable if we had a photo of a closure that happens in a week, we don’t and therefore work with what we have on file. 🙂
      I hope that helps,
      ST. GEORGE NEWS
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

      • Real Life November 24, 2016 at 8:42 am

        Lol! You mean to tell me that StG News does not have a time machine? You better get somebody on that!

  • .... November 23, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    This is a slight inconvenience for a short time but the right people are heading this project and it will benefit all those that use this road

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