Stephens Road in Flowery Branch, a day after the rains (Jerry Carnes, 11Alive News)
HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Stephens Road in south Hall County has reopened after being washed out during the May 19 storms.
According to a release from Hall County, about 7.5 inches of rain fell in about six hours and the damage to the road was "deeper, longer and larger than any other recent roadway washouts in Hall County."
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The county built a double 10-foot by 10-foot concrete box culvert was built to run underneath Stephens Road to also replaced the pipes that were damaged by the rain.The culvert was backfilled with dirt and gravel, compacted using heavy equipment and tested by geotechnical engineers. Then, the roadway was paved with asphalt.
This roadway should be safe for the next 25 years.
The Hall County Public Works director Ken Rearden thanked "contractor E.R. Snell Contracting for their work on this repair, and I'd also like to thank the residents and commuters in the Stephens Road area for their patience as we've worked to repair the damage that Mother Nature caused."