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Lanes reopened on Ga. 13 at Hilton Drive
Georgia Department of Transportation employees cut a pipe that will be used to replace a collapsed drainage pipe under Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway at Hilton Drive on Wednesday in Gainesville. - photo by SARA GUEVARA

A drainage pipe under Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway at Hilton Drive in Gainesville collapsed Wednesday, likely brought on by rainy weather this week.

"We’re having to dig up the road and replace the pipe," said Teri Pope, a Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

The road was closed one lane at a time so that DOT crews could make repairs. Work was completed at 7:27 p.m. and all lanes reopened to traffic, according to Russell McMurry DOT district engineer. The collapsed pipe was removed and replaced and DOT maintenance crews replaced the fill material and spread a gravel base over the roadway area.

McMurry urged motorists to drive carefully through the area, as the repair isn’t complete.

"The repair will be finished later in the week when weather allows us to replace the asphalt. The area is now covered in gravel so please slow down as you drive over the gravel base," McMurry said.

A DOT flagger helped steer traffic through the work scene, Pope said.

A little more than an inch of rain was recorded Wednesday at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service’s forecast for Gainesville calls for an 80 percent chance of heavy rain today, with a chance of rain remaining in the forecast through Sunday night.