On Friday, October 11, Piedmont’s contractor was relocating a fire hydrant when they noticed the water line connecting into the main line was loose and leaking. The contractor called City of Atlanta (COA) water department to notify them of the finding. COA arrived to repair the loose and leaking line on Saturday, October 12. In doing the work, COA discovered that the valve had been installed incorrectly many years ago and did not have the bolts in place to hold it tight to the water main. Without anything to support the valve, the valve blew off the main line. This was the result of an improperly installed valve at a previous time before the Piedmont Atlanta Tower project.
A large volume of water flowed down Collier Road while COA worked to make the repair. The water washed away some of the dirt that supports Collier Road. Piedmont’s contractor added gravel back to enable Collier Road to reopen quickly. This incident washed away the majority of the preparatory work that Piedmont’s contractor had performed to prepare for milling and paving the new lane on Collier Road that was planned to start on Wednesday, October 16. To rework the damage from the incident, Piedmont’s contractor will have a single lane of Collier Road closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Monday, October 14, 2019, through Saturday, October 19, 2019.
The good news is that the city was able to make all their repairs to the old improperly abandoned water lines on Saturday, October 12, which means that Piedmont will not have to leave Collier Road milled for two weeks for this work to happen. Instead, the milling, paving, and top coat will all be done from Monday, October 21, 2019, through Saturday, October 26, 2019. During this time, Piedmont’s contractor will have a single lane of Collier Road closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. During any lane closures, Piedmont’s contractor will provide traffic control and will maintain bidirectional traffic flow on Collier Road.
Thank you for your ongoing patience as Piedmont and the city collaborate to improve the roadway and water infrastructure in the community.