The culprit is a culvert that's long past its time.

The Clayton County Water Authority says it has to shut down through traffic on Cynthia Lane in Forest Park to replace a stormwater culvert. The shutdown starts April 20 and is expected to last about eight weeks, roughly until mid-June.

The problem, according to CCWA, is a failing culvert between 475 Cynthia Lane and 495 Cynthia Lane on Jesters Creek. A Google Maps image from February 2021 shows cracks in the road above the creek.

Two contractors, Benchmark Management and The Corbett Group, will relocate a 6″ water line and a 10″ sanitary sewer line. That will give them more room under the culvert. Then crews will replace the old culvert with a new one.

Nearby residents can expect a letter and a phone call letting them know about the construction. People who live there will still be able to get in and out, and you’ll still get your mail, packages, garbage pickup, and emergency services.

All other traffic will be detoured to Old Dixie Highway and Pineridge Road.

Anybody who needs to enter the work zone “should proceed with extreme caution,” CCWA says. On-street parking near the site is “strictly prohibited.”

CCWA is paying for the repairs with a low-interest loan from the Georgia Environment Finance Authority (GEFA).

Look for project updates on CCWA’s Facebook page.

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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