Mudslide Cracks Highway

1 decade 2 years 9 months ago Monday, May 07 2007 May 7, 2007 Monday, May 07, 2007 10:12:07 PM CDT May 07, 2007 in News

Mud slid under the highway and it carried the road with it.

"I hadn't experienced anything quite like that before," said Hermann City Administrator J.D. Lester. "My first impression was there had almost been an earthquake." 

"Whatever's there, it's gonna take it with it," said Alan Trampe of MoDOT.

Highway 100 happened to be in the mudslide's path and the damage closed what could be called an artery into Hermann.

"Transportation in and out of the community is key," said Lester. Hermann's economy is based on tourism, "so we obviously want to see it be fixed as soon as we can possibly get it fixed," he said.

The crack originally formed because the soil underneath the road was too wet, causing it to become too soft and slide down the hill. Then, it kept sliding, making the crack even larger.

"Hopefully we'll get some dry weather, hopefully it dries up and we won't have any more substantial movement of the roads," said Trampe. "It's all weather dependent."

The wet winter is to blame for the mud. "The ground is very saturated," explained Trampe.

This leaves even Missouri highways vulnerable to the pull of a mudslide. MoDOT says it has had problems in the past with these types of slides in Hermann, because of all the hills. MoDOT has started fixing the highway, but doesn't have an idea on how long it could take.

If you are planning to travel on Highway 100, there is a detour you can take. There are signs around the damage, or you can find information on our web site.

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