BLAKELY, Ga. – Yards along Willow Glen Drive and Angus Drive no longer turn into ponds during steady rains since the Georgia Department of Transportation increased the size of drainage pipes under state Route 39.
Contractor Doyle Hancock & Sons Construction, Inc. of Doerun replaced a 36-inch drainage pipe with three lines of 42-inch pipe, which also was lowered to further improve water flow.
The work area was from Willow Glen Drive to Angus Drive, which was “pretty much farm land and pastures” when the original drainage pipe was installed, Early County Commissioner Taylor Bridges said. He represents the county’s district four and lives in the area impacted by the project.
The original pipe wasn’t large enough to handle the runoff as the area developed over the years.
“If it rained an inch in a matter of 20 or 30 minutes we would start having water backing up really quickly,” Bridges said. Standing water turned some yards into ponds, he said.
Residents have seen a significant difference since the $63.7 thousand maintenance project was completed last week and are appreciative that the city and GDOT worked together to solve a chronic problem, Bridges said.