Montgomery County is set to spend more than $800,000 in an emergency to realign and stabilize Little Twin Creek so it doesn’t wash away part of Manning Road.
The work is necessary because erosion — increasing due to large rain events — left a 30-foot drop off just off the shoulder, compromising the integrity of the roadway and the safety of motorists, said Joseph Dura, senior engineer in the Montgomery County Engineer’s Office.
“Back early this spring … we lost a lot of land all of a sudden,” said Dura. “All that backslope is gone; all the vegetation is gone.”
The project is in Jackson Twp. between Clayton and Venus roads.
County commissioners already approved an emergency measure to fast-track the bid process and will likely approve the project at a coming meeting.
“We weren’t anticipating doing this project in 2018, but here we are. We don’t have a choice,” Dura said.
It’s the second time this year county commissioners approved an emergency to fix damage caused by erosion. The same heavy spring rains also washed away part of Upper River Road near Miamisburg, leaving a guardrail dangling above the Great Miami River and forcing the county to close a stretch of the road.