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Heavy rain erodes slope under portion of Indianola Road

Heavy rain eroded the slope under a portion of Indianola Road at Evergreen Avenue in Indianola on Jan. 11. The county Public Works Department reduced traffic to one lane that day, but closed the road Jan. 13 while crew members brought in rock to stabilize the road.     - Suzanne Nancarrow / Special to the Kingston Community News
Heavy rain eroded the slope under a portion of Indianola Road at Evergreen Avenue in Indianola on Jan. 11. The county Public Works Department reduced traffic to one lane that day, but closed the road Jan. 13 while crew members brought in rock to stabilize the road.
— image credit: Suzanne Nancarrow / Special to the Kingston Community News

INDIANOLA — Heavy rain eroded the slope under one lane of Indianola Road near Evergreen Avenue Jan. 11. Kitsap County Public Works officials closed the road and posted detour signs Jan. 13 while crew members brought in rock to stabilize the road.

“I’m kind of worried about it,” said Jon Brand, assistant Public Works director. “It’s an emergency repair. It’s high priority to get it fixed.”

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes. To get to and from downtown Indianola, take Kingston Street or Kitsap Street, which connect to Shore Drive.

A Kitsap Transit bus stop is located at Indianola Road and Evergreen Avenue; riders should take alternate routes. Brand said most of the damage his crews dealt with elsewhere in the county during and after the weekend storm was wind-related. He didn’t know how many crew members were working Jan. 13 to restore the slope under Indianola Road.

“As many as need to get the job done,” he said.

He said once the slope is stabilized, it will be monitored for a while. “The soils there are not that great,” he said. “If it’s a chronic problem, we’ll come up with long-term solution.” He said of his crews, “These guys do pretty good work.”

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