ROSWELL, Ga. — Relief is in sight for traffic congestion on Ga. 9 caused by sinkhole repairs.
On Oct. 31, a sinkhole reopened on the highway between Oak Street and Oxbo Road, temporarily closing the lanes. However, city spokesperson Karen Zitomer said repairs are expected to end as early as Nov. 14.
The sinkhole was caused by an old, unmarked storm drain located 20 feet below the road. According to Zitomer, the drain had rusted and collapsed, causing water to permeate the surrounding soil and weaken it. The cavity created by the collapsed storm drain then expanded to the surface.
The city had poured some concrete into the sinkhole a few months back to temporarily fix the problem, said Roswell’s Community Relations Manager Julie Brechbill.
As a part of the repair, the city of Roswell’s Transportation Department, along with the Georgia Department of Transportation, will place a new pipeline under the road and add new structures on each side of the road.
During construction, one lane in each direction will remain opened, but drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes if possible.