Augusta Utilities takes blame for sinkholes on Doug Barnard

By: Justin Fabiano Email
By: Justin Fabiano Email
Doug Barnard Parkway (WRDW-TV)

Doug Barnard Parkway (WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, September 25, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- If you've driven to the airport recently, then no doubt, you've seen all the road work on Doug Barnard Parkway. Construction crews have been out there telling folks to slow down while they work to speed up progress on the road.

"[Crews] have been out there for a couple weeks now," said Augusta Utilities Director Tom Wiedmeier.

They've been out there fixing the left lane heading toward Gordon Highway. That lane has been closed for a long time because parts of the road are sinking.

The Utilities Department is now taking the blame.

"We've finally determined that it was an abandoned sewer line that was our responsibility," Wiedmeier said.

Wiedmeier says there were defects in the top of the pipe allowing soil to get in. When soil gets in, the pavement can settle, and when the pavement settles, you have the left lane of Doug Barnard Parkway sunken in parts.

Now, crews are pumping the dirt out and pumping a substance in that will fix the pipe.

Wiedmeier says crews won't be out much longer.

"In about two more weeks, the pipe will be filled and properly closed. The end is in sight, so we appreciate everybody's patience," he said.

Once that's done, the Utilities Department says they'll work with Georgia DOT to fix the actual roadway.

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