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Rocks Fall on Zimmerman Trail

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BILLINGS - More rock fell on Zimmerman Trail Monday, and construction crews are looking forward to breaking ground on fixing the problem."It's still falling, we're still seeing some loose rock falling down. There's one fairly large block that could fall which could impact the roads," Terracon Geologist, Dan Nebel said.

According to Nebel, several rocks came crashing down in the area of Zimmerman Trail Monday morning and afternoon."Timing is really quite amazing. Luckily the road was closed. It could be a real problem or disaster for somebody," Nebel said.

At 10:00 AM on Tuesday, contractors will break ground on the project which is scheduled for 25 days. "We're going to have some rather large events here where rock is pushed off down the slope. We are going to have contractors putting in large earth and burms to act as a catchments," Nebel said.

Nebel said contractors have closed Zimmerman Park to ensure everyone's safety. "Obviously, anytime you're involved with any 300-400 ton rocks it's kind of an interesting process," Nebel said.

According to Nebel, the project will be completed in three stages which include keeping the rock stable, cleanup, and repairing the road. The project is expected to be finished by mid June. The project was bid for nearly $718,000 and was awarded to Geostabilization out of Colorado.

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