Giant nails

How do you prevent landslides on Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne? The answer, according to the Alabama Department of Transportation, is giant nails. The DOT has hired a Colorado company called Soil Nail Launcher to shoot long, nail-like tubes into sliding soil inside the Fort Payne city limits. The project will cost almost three-million dollars but officials says that is much less expensive than the standard solution of building a rock buttress below a soft spot and using rock fill above the buttress to stabilize the slope.