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Inquirer: City assures that Booth Street ditch will soon be fixed

Mike Owen/mowen@ledger-enquirer.comA large chunk of the bank of this drainage ditch along Booth Street is missing, but repairs are on the way, officials say.
Mike Owen/mowen@ledger-enquirer.comA large chunk of the bank of this drainage ditch along Booth Street is missing, but repairs are on the way, officials say.

James, an Alert and Concerned Reader over on the south side of town, is worried that a section of Booth Street is in danger of collapsing into a drainage creek that runs alongside it.

Booth Street runs off of Floyd Road next to the Wesley Shopping Center. It runs alongside a large drainage ditch. The banks of the ditch are reinforced with concrete for a couple of hundred yards, but that stops and the banks are just red clay and vegetation from there on.

At a spot near the intersection of Booth and Huffman Drive, a large drain pipe apparently dumps into the ditch. That's where erosion has carved out a chunk of the bank, up to about 4 or 5 feet from the road. A big chunk of corrugated metal pipe is resting in the bed of the creek.

When I went by, there were two of those big or

ange and white sawhorse-type blockades the city uses set up to block off the eroded section. So I figured the city was aware of the problem. But James said he and others in the area are ready to see some action on the problem, not just sawhorses.

Well, I talked to the top two folks in the city's Public Works Department, and they confirmed that they are aware of the problem.

"It's an erosion problem," said Ron Smith, deputy director of Public Works. "We're aware of it and it's on our list. We'll just have to get to it."

The city's list is a longer than usual because of the huge amount of rain and flooding the city saw in December.

Pat Biegler, director of Public Works, said they expect to get to the Booth Street problem in the next two or three weeks.

Smith assured me that the Booth Street roadbed isn't in any danger of collapsing into the ditch.

"It hasn't been compromised at all," he said.

"If it were, it would be a lot higher priority," said Biegler

The city's policy on such situations is that it will repair erosion damage for 20 feet on either side of a drain pipe coming into a ditch and causing problems, Smith said.

So James and others in the area, hang in there for a couple more weeks and the situation should be resolved.


If you recall last year (and if you don't, you should probably cut back on something you're doing), we reported on a utility pole on Hilton Avenue that was rotting away from the base. I contacted Georgia Power, which got right out there and put up a new pole and moved their power lines over to it. In fact, they responded so quickly that my Concerned Reader on that case called back to say he was impressed.

But, as is usually the case with utility pole problems, the other utilities, the phone and cable companies, aren't nearly as responsive as Georgia Power, which has no authority to move the other utilities' lines to the new pole, and can't take the old one down until they move them.

So, the shiny new pole is there, but the rotting old one still remains with the other utilities' lines still attached.

Seen something that needs attention? Contact me at 706-571-8570 or mowen@ledger-enquuirer.com.