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Road closure at W Smith Road west of LaBounty Drive (March 15, 2017). Photo: My Ferndale News

Water forces W Smith Road closure – concern for damage

About 1pm today City of Ferndale officials announced W Smith Road just west of LaBounty Drive is closed to all traffic until further notice.

Ferndale Public Works Supervisor Bo Westford said the chronic flow of water across the road has potentially saturated the bed beneath the asphalt surface but cannot confirm due to the water depth. In the past, the lack of a firm roadbed has caused the asphalt surface to break apart and at least one large hole has resulted.

The water flowing north to south across the road has in the past been due to overflowing from ponds and swales located to the north between Hovander Road and LaBounty Drive.

The road will remain closed until the water recedes and crews are able to access the road to make the repairs. No estimate was given for when that might be.

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Drivers can access services and businesses behind the road closure via Hovander Road from Main Street.

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