Culvert replacement between Mt. Zion Road and Battle Creek Road

by Robin Kemp

If you ride the MARTA 193 Sylvan Hills, 197 Battlecreek Road, or 198 Southlake Parkway bus, the Clayton County Water Authority says your ride will be affected starting Monday, February 28.

CCWA said in a press release Wednesday that it needs to replace two old corrugated steel stormwater culverts along Reeves Creek at 7146 Southlake Parkway (Clayton Mental Health Developmental Services) and 7180¬† Southlake Parkway (Your Parents’ Place Adult Daycare). That means some or all lanes of Southlake Parkway between Mt. Zion Road and Battle Creek Road will be closed for about four weeks.

It also means you won’t be able to catch the bus at any stops between Mt. Zion Road and Battle Creek Road during that time.

If you live in:

  • the Spring Lake Apartments
  • Oak Ridge Trace Apartments
  • Indian Lake Apartments
  • The Mark 7120 Apartments
  • The Grove on Southlake
  • Southlake Townhomes
  • the Arbor Hills subdivision

or if you work anywhere along that stretch of Southlake Parkway between the Shell station on Mt. Zion (not affected) and CCWA headquarters, you’ll want to make plans now.

However, if you live or work in the affected area, you will still have access, and you will still get mail, packages, trash pickup, and emergency services.

Drivers will have to follow detour signs, which will reroute traffic to Jonesboro Road/GA Hwy. 54. No one will be allowed to park on the street near the construction zone. Anyone who has to enter the work zone for any reason is urged to “proceed with caution,” MARTA says.

For MARTA riders, service route changes will be announced on, as well as through MARTA’s service app notifications and social media channels.

The repairs are being done by Benchmark Management and The Corbett Group, contractors who will replace the culverts and repave the road for CCWA. The Georgia Environment Finance Authority (GEFA) lent CCWA the money for the repairs.

We’ve asked MARTA for clarification as to where people in the affected area can catch the bus and will update when we hear back.

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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