Stream bank erosion was seriously affecting homeowners and those who traveled along the Muskingum River Road, until Muskingum Township explored possible solutions.
Early Tuesday morning the Ohio State University Extension team traveled the Muskingum River aboard the Valley Gem, to allow those involved speak about the project itself and the improvements the riparian barrier project had on its roads.
“We have only done a portion of that road we would like to continue much farther up the road. It's a very expensive process, so what we want to do is try to go back to Muskingum Watershed and hope that they can partner with us and look for any other partners who can help us pay for this process of the deep injection of the polymer materials,” says Darlene Lukshin, OSU Extension.
The stream bank stabilization project was completed in 2015 and has been monitored by engineers to measure the road's level, which has only sank less than an inch compared to four to five inches per year.
A total of 11,575 pounds of environmentally safe and water resistant expansive polymer were injected into the soils.
"Actually, they're a very fancy chemical element that is environmentally friendly, that you can inject into the ground under the roadway. It's like the caulking you might use around your door at home but on an industrial grade. As we are hearing, it takes only a few seconds to expand and a few minutes to dry and be ready to use again. So you can go and build up the foundation under the road and then within a couple hours you can have people driving on it again," says Dr. Michael Drake, The Ohio State University President.
The Ohio State University Extension is looking to expand the project down the road once more funding is provided.