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DOT repairing potholes along Ga. 400

Official: Work involves more than filling them

POSTED: December 27, 2013 12:26 a.m.

Anyone who has driven over a pothole recently on Ga. 400 will be relieved to know the problem is being addressed.

Crews with the Georgia Department of Transportation have been working to patch potholes between the McFarland Road and Hwy. 369 exits and on both the north and southbound sides of the corridor.

Department spokeswoman Teri Pope said the crews have been “removing the damaged asphalt and replacing it with new asphalt.”

As with other road construction projects across the state, work is suspended through this weekend for Christmas travelers, Pope said. 

Because repairs were taking place during the high-traffic time of 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pope said workers have been “extra careful” and lowered the speed limit from 65 to 55 mph.

“Repairing potholes is a maintenance activity that not only repairs the driving surface of the roadway but protects the structural integrity of the supporting asphalt base to prevent more extensive deterioration of the roadway,” she said. “It is much more than simply filling the hole.”

Matt Needham, DOT area engineer, said the outside lanes have been completed. Crews will return in early January “and do the inside lanes closest to the median.”

“They will be back,” he said.


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