This is what it's all about: a Dunwoody, GA resident noticed a problematic stormwater issue in the midst of heavy rains and submitted a report on SCF. The Public Works Stormwater division received an immediate notification through SCF and soon discovered that there was a larger problem with the pipes located belowground. One particular pipe had almost rusted away completely, which created the beginnings of a void underneath the roadway. To make matters worse, this problem was located on a heavily traveled road in the Dunwoody area: Mt. Vernon Rd. The city mobilized crews to fix the problem quickly and efficiently. Crisis averted.
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It was determined work would begin on a Friday evening, after most rush hour commuters had travelled the area. Once assembled, crews worked meticulously through the night to avoid other utilities and carefully excavate the deteriorated corrugated metal. The old stormwater conveyance was replaced with a new reinforced concrete pipe with an estimated lifespan of 60-plus years.
The efficient and skilled work of the stormwater repair crew enabled this project to wrap up a full 24-hours ahead of schedule.
The city’s stormwater department is committed to the continued management, support, and repair of Dunwoody’s stormwater infrastructure. The city completed a survey of the storm water infrastructure system in 2011, identifying 10,588 structures, and 11,407 conveyances. The study found the majority of these structures are close to 40+ years old and ready for replacement.
“While we are aware of numerous stormwater pipe replacement needs throughout the city, the rapid deterioration of this segment of pipe was brought to our attention because of an alert citizen who noticed standing water in the area,” said Storm Water Manager David Elliot. “Residents are key to letting us know when an issue has developed, enabling us to fix it quickly, before it becomes a larger problem and possible safety issue. Due to the age of our infrastructure and the construction materials used at that time that Dunwoody was developed, similar problems to the one encountered on Mount Vernon Road are not uncommon.”
Additional projects are planned through the end of 2015. Continued assessments by the City and public involvement will help to identify other areas in need of repair or replacement in the future.