Work continues on the State Route 51 sinkhole repair in Hart County.
The Georgia Department of Transportation announces that contractors E.R. Snell are now beginning to install the new 180 foot long drainage pipe.
Bayne Smith, Georgia DOT District Engineer, said the old drainage pipe was completely damaged, and crews have finished removing the old pipe and are assembling the new pipe one section at a time.
According to Smith, over five hundred dump truck loads or roughly ten thousand tons of dirt has been removed from the work zone.
Included in the 1.06 million dollar bid for the repair work were stipulations that a dry work area had to be created to displace Lake Hartwell water to give crews a place to work.
Smith says the timeline for the new repair completion date, which is October 13th, remains on schedule.
Motorists that would typically use State Route 51 are asked to continue using the detour route that has been in place since the sinkhole first opened up around 10:45am on May 6th.