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Ex-Wal-Mart landslide site nearly restored

May 12, 2014
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A township official says Wal-Mart has nearly finished stabilizing a suburban Pittsburgh location that was the site of a catastrophic landslide.

Kilbuck Township secretary/treasurer Harry Dilmore tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ( ) that Wal-Mart's contractor expects to finish work in June or July.

That will be nearly eight years after at least 300,000 cubic yards of dirt rolled down the hillside, closing a highway for two weeks in September 2006.

Wal-Mart had planned to build a store on the 75-acre site, but scrapped those plans after the landslide closed Route 65. The company instead decided to restore the site to a gently sloping meadow.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection spokesman John Poister says the site remains like "Jell-O because it won't say still." Wal-Mart has paid for monitors to track any ground movement.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,



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