Old Salisbury Road Closure

COUNCIL Old Salisbury road - wide angle approach

Old Salisbury Road Closure Information

In March 2021, the city was forced to close Old Salisbury Road between Brewer Road and Gyro Drive. The closure is just north of the former Moose Family Center at 1495 Old Salisbury Road. The road there is in danger of collapsing because the fill soil that carries the road over a ravine has become unstable. A large gap has developed in the pavement where the road is starting to collapse, and a guard rail to keep cars from falling into the ravine is no longer anchored beside the road due to erosion.

The city had no forewarning that this closure would be necessary. It took a while to identify the funding to hire an engineering firm to study the failing road. Another delayed ensued while securing an engineering firm to do the study.

The City Council allocated $2.47 million for the project in the 2022-23 budget it approved in June.

As of July 2022, an engineering consultant had been retained and is conducting soil tests and other preliminary investigations. This information will be used to design proposed drainage, erosion and road repairs along with other technical work that must be completed before the city can request bids for repairing the road.

At this point, the city’s best estimate calls for the repairs to be put out for bids in mid-March 2023, with repairs to start in mid-April 2023. These target dates are very tentative and subject to the availability of a contractor and of materials. The city has had trouble with other road repairs due to difficulties in getting replacement culverts fabricated.

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The wide crack indicates the road is starting to slide into the ravine.

COUNCIL Old Salisbury road - big crack

The shift in the edge stripe shows how the road is shifting.

Old Salisbury road - big crack close-up

Erosion is undermining supports for the guard rails.

Old Salisbury road - guardrail