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Mini mudslides will keep West River Parkway closed till December

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The re-opening of the West River Parkway in Minneapolis, closed after a mudslide last year, has been put back to December.

According to WCCO, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board report that a number of "minor mudslides" since the start of August have delayed the building of walls designed to stabilize the slope above the road.

The TV station notes that erosion caused by the mudslide has "created steep embankments" below where building teams need to position drill rigs.

It was originally intended that the work be completed by this summer, but the Star Tribune reports that this was put back to October, and now to December following an incident on Sept. 16.

In this incident, water seeping from limestone dampened the soil on the slope, causing it to slide and send more earth onto the road, forcing contractors to remove a mobile drill they were using to install pilings for the walls, the newspaper notes.

The $4 million repair project was launched after heavy rains on June 19, 2014, saturated ground already wet by the heavy snow and rain over the winter, causing it to give way near the Fairview Medical Center, KARE 11 reports.

The West River Parkway road and trail will remain closed while the work is carried out.

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