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Cove Road after initial clean-up of the March 26 rockslide. The road was closed due to the danger of loose rocks falling, higher up on the hillside.

Work started to repair rockslide damage; open Cove Road

By Barbara Schneider This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Photos by Jim Francis.

The Jasper Mayor and City Council gave City Manager Brandon Douglas authority at the Monday, April 1 council meeting to hire GeoStabilization International to remediate rockslide damage that closed Cove Road on Tuesday, March 26.

The city estimated the work will cost $95,000 but voted to authorize $120,000 “just in case there is something more,” Lonnie Waters, a city employee on site at the Cove Road rockslide, told Smoke Signals Tuesday afternoon. GeoStabilization specializes in emergency landslide repairs and rockfall mitigation, according to its website.

A crew from GeoStabilization was working on repairing the problem on Tuesday, April 2, according to Waters. “There’s a crew now clearing loose rocks above the road. Everybody hopes to make this happen so we can open the road next week.”

Asked the cause of the rockslide, Waters said, no one is sure right now. “It could have been years of rain on the rocks then cycles of freezing and thawing water.”

The rockslide on Cove Road occurred at the S curves just past the bridge. City of Jasper crews along with Pickens County personnel initially worked to clear the road. Pickens County Sheriff’s deputies closed the road March 26 due to the imminent danger of another rockslide.

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