It took some time to get all the necessary environmental permits, but Dalton Assistant Public Works Director Andrew Parker says repair of the failing westbound lane of Botany Woods Drive should be completed before the July 31 deadline.
"The contract called for substantial completion by July 14," Parker said. "What we meant by that was to have the reconstructed slope in place. The contractor (Northwest Georgia Paving of Calhoun) has already achieved that. They finished that last week and did seeding and grassing to get a vegetation cover on the slope last Wednesday before everyone left for the Fourth of July holiday."
Parker said Northwest Georgia Paving is now installing a new curb and gutter on the road.
"We hope to begin paving towards the end of this week," he said. "By the end of next week, most of the work should be wrapped up."
The road is just off College Drive.
Pete Purvis, who lives on Botany Woods Drive, said he is impressed at how quickly the work has progressed.
"The people who have been doing the work have been wonderful," he said. "The work has gone very well so far."
Heavy, persistent rains caused the westbound lane near its intersection with Mount Sinai Road to crack and buckle in April. There is one usable lane left. City officials designated the problem as an emergency, but because the work could affect a nearby stream the city had to wait to receive approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There are 18 homes above the failing road, which provides the only way in or out.
Purvis said he was concerned that the remaining lane of the street would fail before the work got underway.
"The (westbound lane) kept getting worse. The ruts kept getting bigger," he said.
Parker said the repairs won't be truly complete until the slope beside the road has been replanted with trees to help stabilize it. He said that work should be put out for bids in late summer or early fall.