Fixing Jackson Slide Will Cost Millions

Jun 4, 2014

A private consultant presented preliminary options for a more permanent fix to a creeping landslide in Jackson at a Town Council meeting yesterday. 

A herd of elk gather near East Gros Ventre Butte, a hillside west of the National Elk Refuge.
Credit Lori Iverson/USFWS via Flickr Creative Commons

The Town of Jackson has hired Oregon-based consultant George Machan to come up with options for stopping the slow-moving landslide on Jackson's East Gros Ventre Butte. Although the earth movement has slowed to less than half an inch per week, town officials want to reinforce the slope to prevent future problems.

The options have price tags ranging from eight million to thirty million dollars. 

Town Manager Bob McLaurin stressed that the cost of stabilizing the slope would be shared by the town and commercial and residential property owners directly impacted by the slide.

"Ideally we are going to come together as the community for a solution, we're going to agree on the pro-ration of cost and go forward in one contract," he said.

But McLaurin said the town is prepared to move ahead with fixing what it considers its share of the problem even if some property owners opt out.