County Line Road repairs may be completed by Aug. 25

It will take a contractor more than a month to complete repairs on a damaged culvert that shut down a section of County Line Road just west of Central Church Road, a city engineer said Tuesday.

The two-lane road has been closed since early March when an inspection found that dirt has pulled away from the structure beneath the pavement. Officials were concerned the gaps in the piping would collapse from heavy vehicles.

Farhad AliFarhani, a design engineer for the Columbus Consolidated Government, said Alexander Contracting Company of Fortson, Ga., is expected to complete the $589,505 project by Aug. 25.

AliFarhani said he received several calls on the project before construction started because people weren’t aware that the project required permits to work in the creek.

“We were informing them we had to do permits and plans before the construction would start,” he said. “We finally started and the contractor so far is on track to finish this by Aug. 25.”

Columbus Council approved the roadway and drainage improvements on July 8. Some residents must continue with the 10-mile detour on the road.

The contractor recently finished up the retaining wall on the downstream side of culvert. Work crews are now repairing the upstream side of the culvert. After that retaining wall is completed, AliFarhani said the water pipe in the area will be covered, the area will be backfilled, and the concrete structure will be tested.

With children returning to school on Aug. 7, AliFarhani said workers will require a few more weeks to complete the construction after school starts. “As we informed them before, they will have a few weeks to work around it until this is finished,” he said.

The project is funded with interest from the 1999 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.