Busy Hwy. 54-74 intersection faces month of sinkhole repairs

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The Ga. DOT provided this aerial view of the sinkhole work site.
The Ga. DOT provided this aerial view of the sinkhole work site.

Work starts on northbound right lane Monday, June 17 — 

Bad traffic gets worse Monday at Peachtree City’s busiest intersection as state work crews begin trying to fix once and for all a sinkhole cavity in the northbound right lane, according to notifications from the city and the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Here’s the alert:

Emergency roadway repairs to Georgia 74/Georgia 54 intersection in Peachtree City start next week

What: Georgia DOT crews will start an emergency project to repair the right-hand turn lane from Georgia 74/Joel Cowan Parkway to Georgia 54/West Lanier Avenue [sic] on Monday, Jun. 17, 2019. The work is expected to be complete by the end of July, 2019.

A recent underground pipe failure at the site has created a void underneath the asphalt surface. The right turn lane is currently closed to traffic and will remain so through the project’s duration. Crews may close additional lanes of traffic near the work zone as needed.

Signage will be placed in advance of the closures and motorists are urged to be alert to the signage and orange and white barrels, slowing their speeds and maneuvering carefully around the work zone.

When: Starting Monday, Jun. 17, 2019

Where: The intersection of Georgia 74/Joel Cowan Parkway and Georgia 54/West Lanier Avenue in Peachtree City, Fayette County, Georgia

Advisory: Motorists are advised to expect delays, exercise caution, and reduce their speed while traveling through work zones. Before heading out, get real-time information on work status and traffic conditions. Call 511, visit 511ga.org, or download the Georgia 511 app.

What DOT is calling West Lanier Avenue is officially known as Floy Farr Boulevard inside Peachtree City.

Last week’s heavy rains caused new problems to appear at the sinkhole site. The repairs from an earlier sinkhole at the same spot didn’t survive the more than 5 inches of rain that fell over two days, June 7 and June 8.

A previous sinkhole at that spot in January 2017 resulted in repair work that lasted more than a week. Below are photos from that incident.

Work is underway at the southeast corner of the intersection of Ga. highways 54 and 74 in Peachtree City after a Georgia Power utility truck on Jan. 23, 2017 fell prey to a sinkhole. Photo/Peachtree City Police Department.
A Georgia Power utility truck on Jan. 23, 2017 fell prey to a sinkhole on the southeast corner of the intersection of Ga. highways 54 and 74 in Peachtree City. Photo/Peachtree City Police Department.