Athens Boulder To Be Removed

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The remaining boulder at an Athens site where another one fell, crushing a house and a car, is expected to be removed by October.

After the Fort Street Rock Fall Emergency Project went to bid on Friday, a winning bid was announced for the removal.

According to Blake Arthur, Abandoned Mine Lands Program in Ohio manager, the winning bid was $118,824.

Arthur says Bud's Inc., an Ohio contractor, will be removing the boulder.

An Ohio Department of Transportation pre-approved specialist from Oregon will be working with the contractor.

Arthur says they are bringing in the Oregon specialist because rock fall removal of this type is a specialty and very few people do it.