TRAFFIC ALERT: Section of Buford Hwy. reopens after emergency repairs

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Section of Buford Hwy. reopens after emergency repairs

Buford Highway in Chamblee is now open after emergency repairs caused a traffic nightmare.

We first told you about this story on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat Tuesday night.

An 8-inch water pipe burst and the road was badly damaged as a result.

Road crews said they had to close the lanes to get the six-lane highway fixed.

“I thought maybe there was a power line down. I didn’t know what was going on,” driver Sekou Crawford said.

It wasn’t a power line, but water that caused the problem.

Crawford said he tried to get around the closure for more than an hour to pick his mother up from work.

“There’s police all over the place. Can’t get to the gate where she usually comes out,” Crawford told Channel 2's Justin Wilfon.


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Traffic was routed around the break as workers dug a hole in the middle of the road to get to the pipe.

By Wednesday afternoon, the crew was mopping up but there was no way to avoid a confusing morning commute.

"It was bad.  Because there's a couple of bus lines that run through Buford Highway.  So the bus had to go through Beverly Hills, and that created a little bit of chaos," said Dr. Francisco Pastor.

It also hurt businesses that line the highway.

At a nearby Domino’s Pizza, workers told Wilfon that few customers could get to the restaurant with their delivery drivers struggling to find creative routes out.

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