Slip on Observatory Road

A slip on Observatory Road in Charleston started weeks ago, but got worse recently, city engineer Chris Knox said Tuesday afternoon. “Two nights ago, the soil mass between Observatory and Ravina substantially moved,” Knox said. City crews removed larger trees Monday and Tuesday from the mass to prevent them from falling onto houses in the 1500 block of Ravina Road. Knox said he has been in contact with the three Ravina Road property owners. The city will remove the slip once conditions are dry enough to get excavators over the hill. City Council last week approved a $60,000 emergency contract to Thaxton Construction Co. for the installation of a pile and lagging retaining wall.

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