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Landslide Problem Returns To Crookston

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    A landslide that destroyed several homes anda business in the northern valley more than a decade ago, is on the move again.
  Now, it's threatening Highway 2, the main route through Crookston.
  In September of 2003, a landslide… here along the Red Lake River in Crookston, destroyed half a dozen homes and a motel. The buildings have since been cleared away and the area landscaped. But, now the riverbank is moving again.

Warren Perala, Survey Crew: “It looks like it’s moving again, yeah. From the sensors they have down over there, it’s showing it’s moving.”

  Survey crews are now mapping out the area, getting prepared for a multi-million dollar project to fix the problem.

  You can see where the river bank has started slumping in several areas. Officials are concerned it could take out Highway 2, which runs along this section of riverbank.

  The Minnesota Department of Transportation is in charge of a construction project designed to stabilize the riverbank.

 Pat Kelly, Crookston Public Works: “The main thing is they’re going to install wide, concrete walls that are excavated down to the bedrock.”

   Unfortunately, the project will mean removing these scenic trees along the riverbank. The trees will have to be removed, so construction crews can build the retaining walls.

  The good news is the project shouldn't’t create much of a traffic problem. Highway 2 through Crookston will remain open.

Pat Kelly: “They may be closing the very south lane for trucks coming in and out, just to keep it safe.”

  Mn Dot says they’ll begin some prep woAll on the 6.4-million dollar project next month. Actual construction on that project will run from August through October.

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