DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management will conduct sewer main inspections and repairs on Columbia Drive, between McKenzie Drive and South Columbia Place,. CONTRIBUTED

Columbia Drive closures begin May 8

The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management will close two traffic lanes along Columbia Drive to conduct sewer main inspections and repairs, according to a press release. The lane closures will occur on Columbia Drive, between McKenzie Drive and South Columbia Place, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. starting Wednesday, May 8, to Friday, May 10.

This is part of DeKalb County’s major sewer system rehabilitation projects. They include the installation of new and larger wastewater pipe. This project is part of DeKalb County’s $1.345 billion Capital Improvement Program. Projects are designed to reduce sanitary sewer system overflows and increase service capacity.

In December 2011, DeKalb County reached a Clean Water Act settlement in the form of a consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The 8½-year consent decree calls for significant levels of sanitary sewer system inspection, assessment, rehabilitation and repair.

Motorists should expect traffic delays and use alternate routes. Traffic safety workers and flaggers will be present to assist motorists safely through the construction zone.

For more information, call the DWM Project Information Line at 1-800-986-1108 or email projectinfo@dekalbcountyga.gov.

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