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Stephens Road reopens in West Hall
May rains washed out a portion of roadway
Machinery sweeps clean a section of Stephens Road on Friday afternoon before it was reopened this evening. - photo by NAT GURLEY

Stephens Road in West Hall County reopened Friday evening following weeks of work to repair a gaping hole in the roadway caused by May flooding.

Crews worked Friday to finish striping and installing guardrail on the portion of road near Pipsissewa Drive that was washed out May 19. Work also included replacing a culvert east of McKenzey Lane and near where Mud Creek spills into Lake Lanier.

Portions of South and West Hall, Flowery Branch and Oakwood took the brunt of that storm, with culverts also failing on McEver Road at Mud Creek, as well on Trudy Road, Cove Creek Trail and Malibu Ridge. Also, Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway south of Flowery Branch’s sewer plant was covered in water.

The Georgia Department of Transportation ended up pulling from its Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant emergency fund to provide about $200,000 to Hall, Oakwood and Flowery Branch, DOT spokesman Mohamed M. Arafa said in June.

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