SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Sections of the most scenic highway in north Arkansas are suddenly slip-sliding away. The land slid and the asphalt cracked after heavy rains in the spring of 2011. Crews patched up the asphalt to make sure Arkansas 7 was still drivable, and this week, they were working on a more permanent fix when a collapse occurred.
The giant hole in the ground on Arkansas 7 is a little larger than road crews in Newton County had planned.
"When we started in digging, the road actually slipped out from under us and we lost a section of the road," said Stacy Burge, an engineer with the Arkansas Highway Department.
Despite this year's drought, the dirt deep under Arkansas 7 was too slick and soggy to stay.
"When we got down there, it was extremely saturated, so much so that it wouldn't come out of the bucket of the track hoes when we were excavating it," Burge said.
The situation was too treacherous for traffic.