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Norway Avenue reopens to motorists

April 21, 2018 GMT

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - After two months of waiting by neighborhood residents, Norway Avenue in Huntington is back open.

Norway Avenue between Forest Road and Stamford Park Drive reopened to motorists Friday after being closed in mid-February following a landslide that brought down telephone and power lines and dumped trees and dirt into the road.

A private project to stabilize the hillside, which is located on property owned by Woodmere Cemetery, began in the beginning of April.

The project included removing dirt from the hillside and filling it in with riprap, which is a layer of large stones interlocked together that acts as a barrier on slopes that are unstable. The work was done on 172 feet of unstable soil along the hillside, with crews working in 20-foot segments.

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To get the job done, more than 2,700 tons of stone was placed along the hillside, according to a release from the city of Huntington.

The section of Norway Avenue was originally closed Feb. 17 after a heavy rainfall resulted in the landslide.

Although the landslide along Norway Avenue protruded onto a city road, repairs are being paid for by Woodmere Cemetery.

Woodmere Cemetery is owned by Service Corporation International, which is based in Houston.

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