Sinkhole limits access to schools in Rockdale; repairs cause problems in Midtown

Three days after a system of thunderstorms dumped inches of rain across metro Atlanta, drivers were still dealing with weather-related road closures.

The heavy rain caused roads in Gwinnett and Rockdale counties to wash away Friday, and repair work continued Monday.

A sinkhole in Rockdale County was blocking the route to three schools. Access was limited to Rockdale County High School, C.J. Hicks Elementary School and Rockdale Magnet School after a large section of Rowland Road collapsed Friday.

 

The asphalt crushed a drainage pipe under the road, Channel 2 Action News reported. It could take up to two months before the road reopens, the news station reported.

 

In Gwinnett County, a turn lane on Scenic Highway before Henry Clower Boulevard remains shut down for repairs. Heavy rain Friday caused a portion of the road to collapse, forcing the closure of a right northbound turn lane. 

The lane remained closed all weekend, and repairs were expected to get underway this week, according to Georgia Department of Transportation officials. 

MORE: Sinkhole forces partial closure of major Gwinnett road through the weekend

A right turn lane on northbound Scenic Highway at Henry Clower Boulevard is blocked due to wet weather.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

In Midtown, a busy block of West Peachtree Street has been closed since Thursday while crews repair a collapsed sewer main. The road is closed between 3rd and 5th streets, and drivers are asked to avoid the area.

West Peachtree Street will remain shut down until repairs are complete, according to officials with the Atlanta watershed department.

Authorities have shut down West Peachtree Street near 3rd Street. Traffic is being diverted Monday morning. 
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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