Interlaken Drive has been repaired and reopened to motor vehicle traffic after the road was damaged during record-breaking rainfall and promptly closed in March.
Crews repaved the damaged patch late last week, and the road closed signs were removed Sunday, weeks earlier than previously expected.
As we reported in March, rainwater flowing under the roadway has washed out the foundational soil, causing the road to crack. Several large cracks formed nearly overnight as the road shifted as much as an inch in one day, prompting the city to close the road indefinitely pending a geotechnical study. We have asked SDOT for more information on the study and will update when we hear back.
Since the closure, the steep, windy road through Interlaken Park became something of an impromptu parkway. From this reporter’s observations, people strolling, running and walking pets would more freely walk in the middle of the roadway, and the number of downhill skateboarders increased (see video here).
It was jarring to encounter a car on the road Sunday after so many months without them. Riding a bike through the quiet forest feels like being transported miles away from the city. Once you’ve been spoiled with such a wonderful carfree road through a stunning park, it’s hard to go back. But for drivers in the area, the roadway is open again.