Almost a half mile of roadway was washed away on Rt. 11 early Wednesday morning. The portion of the County Route has been closed between Valley Woods Road and Hendricks Road.
A section of roadway was washed away on Route 11 early Wednesday, June 5, and a 1,500-foot portion of the road was closed between Valley Woods Road and Hendricks Road.
Deputy Superintendent of Public Works Kevin Hajos said the washout appeared to be caused by a large impoundment of water that had accumulated behind a beaver dam. Hajos said the body of water was about 6.5 acres and was set about 600 to 700 feet away from the roadway, where it was out of sight.
“There was quite a bit of water and it looked like it had been there for a while,” Hajos said.
Members of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office drove down the road at about 12:30 a.m. while on patrol and didn’t report anything, and a call came in about 1 a.m. that the road was damaged.
Hajos said that, considering the large amount of water, once the beaver dam let go to it could have taken less than 10 minutes to damage the road and the embankment.
The roadway was quickly closed and temporary signals were put in place to reroute traffic. Traffic was being detoured through Bolton over Diamond Point Road or through the Schroon River Road.
The department opened one lane of traffic Friday, June 7. Hajos said he plans on opening this section of roadway to two lanes of traffic on Friday, June 14.
“This is a very busy roadway, especially at this time of the year, and Americade has a touring route that travels through that way too,” Hajos said.