SR 51 Sinkhole Repair Still on Schedule, Says DOT

June 24, 2014

For those traveling in Hart County, the Georgia Department of Transportation said progress continues on repairs to State Route 51.

The Georgia DOT said utility relocations are almost finished at the State Route 51 sinkhole repair site.

DOT District Engineer Bayne Smith said work is going well and remains on schedule for an August 24 completion date if the weather cooperates.

The sinkhole opened up on State Route 51, about six miles north of Hartwell, on the morning of May 6.

On the site, DOT engineers found a cavity 10 feet square at the top and 20 feet deep taking up almost the entire northbound lane.

The DOT said the earth supporting the roadway was undermined from a pipe failure about 40 feet under State Route 51.

The pipe that failed is about 180 feet long and 13 feet in diameter.

According to the DOT, the new pipe is expected to be finished by June 30 and the contractors will return to the site and finish excavation and continue the repairs the week of July 14.

Repairs are expected to cost just over $1 million.

Until the repairs are completed, a detour remains in place.

Drivers headed north on State Route 51 will turn left onto Boat Road, then turn right on Parham Road, which leads back to State Route 51.

That route is reversed for southbound traffic.

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