Rowland Road Closed: Repair Work Underway
The city of Conyers has awarded the bid for repairs to a collapsed portion of roadway on Rowland Road to Peach State Construction in the amount of $484,000. Two bids were received per the city’s procurement policy and Peach State’s bid was selected over Pittman Construction’s bid of $511,000.
An unusually large amount of rain falling in a short period of time on Friday, April 19 resulted in the undermining of Rowland Road, causing a sinkhole to form on the road between East View Road and Pine Log Road, resulting in a road closure to through-traffic. City Public Works and Transportation engineers evaluated the roadway and conducted a hydrology study to determine the extent of the repairs needed to the pipe running beneath the road that was installed in 1991. The pipe conveys the water of Boar Tusk Branch.
The road project is being completed under the city’s procurement policy as a result of an emergency, requiring immediate repairs to a public road due to flood conditions. Funding for the road repair is through SPLOST dollars. Barring any unexpected delays due to weather or complications in repairs, the work is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete. Work on the road reconstruction began the week of May 6.
“Thanks to consultation between our Public Works crew, Conyers Police and Rockdale County Fire Department and their foresight in closing the road prior to the collapse, we are fortunate no one was injured,” said Mayor Vince Evans. “While the unexpected emergency repairs to this roadway means we’ll have to push back other projects we had anticipated completing in 2019 like updates and improvements to our city parks, this is a pressing need that we have no choice but to make a priority.”
Rowland Road at East View Road will be open to allow residents access to the Bonner Park playground and tennis courts, but through-traffic remains prohibited to school traffic accessing Rockdale County High School, C.J. Hicks Elementary School, and the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology. All school traffic must continue to access Rowland Road via Pine Log Road.