Emery Crossing is closed due to erosion and road failure.
The area of concerns begins at the west side of the bridge and proceeds west down Emery Crossing for approximately 275’. We currently have a bank failure of approximately 12’ by 18’ which is within 12’ of Emery Crossing along with identifying an additional 6 potential bank failures sites. The Concerns that we have with Emery Crossing is the close proximity of the bank failure to the road and the road failure. To the untrained eye, Emery Crossing would appear just like any other road that we travel on everyday but it’s simply not the case. We have what is called alligator cracking (an area of cracks that resemble the pattern on the back of an alligator which is cause by base failure), asphalt settlement (is a vertical distortion from the pavement which is another sign of base failure) and some minor shoulder trenching on Emery Crossing that is in line with the bank failure. Individually, these failures are somewhat common and wouldn't result in a road closure but combine the two within their close proximity of each other and we now have a potentially dangerous location and the responsibility of protecting the Towns investment in Emery Crossing. Once engineering test are complete and or the road is deemed to be secure for traffic we will re-open the road.
The clean-up of the area was a joint effort by the Clarksville Parks Department and Clarksville Street Department. All debris that we could get to with equipment without getting stuck was brought to the road and hauled to the Clark Floyd Landfill. The debris was co-mingled with trash and couldn’t be recycled and was definitely not pushed back in to the river.
If you have other concerns please feel free to give me a call or send me an email.
Clarksville Street Commissioner
812-283-8233 ext. 111