Fayetteville Starts Work on Sliding Road

Repair work began Friday on a Fayetteville road notorious with nearby residents for sliding down a hill and constantly sustaining damage from rain.

Just south of Lighton Trail, in central Fayetteville, is Rodgers Drive. On Friday (July 19), the repair work finally began. It will take the city almost three months to complete the project.

Neighbors told 5NEWS that for years, Rodgers Drive constantly sees damage due to heavy landslides and rainfall. More than a month ago, a landslide cut the road down to only one lane. In April, city officials were forced to completely close down Rodgers Drive, for emergency repairs.

The city installed a drainage pipe to cut back on rainfall damage, but that did not permanently fix the road. Residents have asked for help from Fayetteville city administrators, and officials responded by allocated $250,000 to repair a slope failure on the ground, which surrounds the road.

City officials said the construction is a better long-term plan than temporarily patching the road, which the city had previously done. The Fayetteville engineering division expects the project to be completed by Oct. 4. The street project is one of several the city is working on finishing by this fall.

For more on the project and to see neighbors’ reaction to the road’s disrepair, watch 5NEWS reporter Austin Reed’s story in the above video.