The reopening of Mayfield Road in Alpharetta has been delayed due to "soil quality issues" the city says.

Traffic alert: Reopening of busy North Fulton road delayed

Mayfield Road in Alpharetta was supposed to open on July 14, but that date has been pushed back.

The city of Alpharetta said in a statement Monday that reopening the road will be delayed by “at least one week” and the city is now looking at a target date of July 23.

Pete Sewczwicz, the director of public works for Alpharetta, said in a statement that the primary problem causing the delay is related to “soil quality issues” that have slowed down the construction of retaining walls necessary to complete the project.

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Mayfield Road has been closed since May 29. Crews are working on it and Rucker Road to repair and replace bridges and culverts. Rucker is still on track to reopen on Aug. 5, the city says.

“The contractor is having to replace a significant amount of soil, more than testing originally indicated,” Sewczwicz said. “That will properly compact and support the retaining walls, and that takes time.”

Sewczwicz added that the target date of July 23 could change as work continues.

Like Rucker Road, Mayfield Road was also supposed to reopen Aug. 5, but the Alpharetta City Council made it so contractors could work an extra two hours per day on it, Monday through Saturday. This was supposed to shave 21 days off the original expected completion date.

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