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DeKalb County calls ‘Hood Circle’ in Oakhurst one of the county’s worst sewer spill sites

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DeKalb County calls ‘Hood Circle’ in Oakhurst one of the county’s worst sewer spill sites

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DeKalb County says Hood Circle in Oakhurst has had 12 sewer spills since January 2014, making it one of the worst sewer spill sites in the county.

Later this month, the county is launching a $3.2 million project to fix the problem.

County officials held a public meeting in Decatur on Oct. 15 to go over the project details. To see the Power Point presentation from that meeting, click here.

“The primary cause of these sewers spill was stormwater entering aging and deteriorating pipes through cracks, vented manhole covers and structural defects,” the county says. “The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management will repair or replace approximately 2,400 linear feet of pipes, some of which were installed nearly 80 years ago. Of this pipe, approximately 1,600 linear feet will be replaced and another 800 linear feet will be rehabilitated. Additionally, the project will include 18 new or rehabilitated manholes.”

The county says it deployed “flow monitors” in the area in 2018 that collected data to help the county pinpoint the source of the spills.

The improvement project is set to begin on Oct. 21 and is expected to be finished by spring 2020. It will affect neighbors living in the area.

According to the Power Point presentation, streets affected by the project will include Hood Circle, Second Avenue, Third Avenue and East Lake Drive. There will be temporary closures of Hood Circle from 3rd Avenue to Leyden Street and 2nd Avenue from East Lake Drive to Beaty Place.

The closures will also affect MARTA and school bus routes. Work hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More details can be found in Power Point presentation from the Oct. 15 meeting. To see that, click here.

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