Updated 06/20/2012 09:40 AM
Campbell Avenue back open in Troy
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TROY, N.Y. -- Campbell Avenue in Troy is back open after a frustrating few months for residents, commuters, and business owners in the area. The news came at a public meeting Tuesday night to update the public on the project.
The hillside had been closed since February after crews making repairs to water and sewer mains discovered the soil supporting the road was quickly deteriorating. As a result, a major detour began through the Emerald Greens neighborhood.
The city said the flooding from Tropical Storm Irene last summer was to blame.
The work is not done yet, as the rehabilitation of the slope hasn't begun, but officials said it's strong enough to open back up to traffic.
The city starts work on stabilizing the slope next month.
One resident we spoke to says this news is a huge relief.
"It's a God-send," said Troy resident Al Patonde. "Down to 20 miles per hour through the neighborhood here. It's a long way around. You're going about a half-mile out of your way to just go two blocks."
FEMA is giving more than $1 million to fund the project.