Posted: Friday, August 16th 2013 at 6:40pm
Stephens Road reopened after May wash out
By Alyson Shields Staff
FLOWERY BRANCH - Stephens Road in South Hall county reopened today after being closed since mid-May, after 7.5 inches of rain fell in less than 6 hours.
Pipes under the road were damaged, so a double 10-foot by 10-foot concrete box culvert was put in underneath the road. According to a press release, the culvert was created first by assembling a wooden frame and then multiple rounds of concrete were poured. Each round of concrete was given time to dry before a new layer was poured.
Upon completion, the culvert was back filled with dirt and gravel and the road was repaved with asphalt.
County officials stated in the press release that the new culvert will be able to withstand up to 25 years of rain.
"I'd like to thank our contractor E.R. Snell Contracting for their work on this repair and I'd also like to thank the residents and commuters in the Stephens Road area for their patience as we've worked to repair the damage that Mother Nature caused," said Ken Rearden, director of Hall County Public Works.
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