TxDOT Monitors Mudslides Near Roads

By Omar Villafranca
|  Thursday, Feb 4, 2010  |  Updated 12:01 PM CDT
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TxDOT Monitors Mudslides Near Roads

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The Texas Department of Transportation is watching over a few mudslides to make sure they don't creep into the road.

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The Texas Department of Transportation is watching over a few mudslides to make sure they don't creep into the road.

Several slope failures have popped up in North Texas because of the wet weather.

"Some years, it's worse than other years, depending on the moisture and how dry it is and extreme temperature changes," said Michelle Releford, of TxDOT.

The cascades of dirt and mud can be seen by motorists, but most of them don't pour over into the road. Releford said crews are monitoring several slope failures to make sure they don't become bigger problems.

A slope failure on Interstate 30 in Grand Prairie near the Belt Line exit has cracked the retaining wall. Releford said TxDOT is already looking at ways to fix it. Releford said funds for the repair project were already part of the budget.

"This particular slope failure, we've been monitoring already for a couple of months," Releford said. "We've got a contract in the works to get it repaired."

TxDOT in Tarrant County is also monitoring slope failures on U.S. 287 and Loop 820.

"We always have a slope failure somewhere in our district, you know, throughout the year," Releford said.

If you see slop failures send photos to isee@nbcdfw.com or upload them HERE.

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