Part of Roswell Road reopens after water main break

Part of Roswell Road remains closed after a water main break caused the busy roadway to partially collapse and shut down Wednesday afternoon.

With the current and forecasted weather conditions, the Georgia Department of Transportation said that work will be impacted by rain predicted to extend through Friday. At this time, a projected completion date is not available.

Crews repaired water main break on Roswell Rd. but 2 SB lanes and 1 right turn lane will remain closed- per @GADeptofTrans @FOX5Atlanta

— Marissa Mitchell (@MarissaMFOX5) May 4, 2017

The water began gushing during one of the busiest parts of the day Wednesday, forcing police to shut down a portion of the road between Northridge Road and Hightower Trail.

The DOT opened another northbound lane at 2 p.m. Thursday to help with the afternoon rush hour. Thursday morning, the center lane and one of the northbound lanes opened up to help with the morning commute.

“The expedite repairs, crews will use an additional lane, resulting in one lane northbound and one lane southbound for travel on Roswell Road,” GDOT said in a news release.

The water main break has since been fixed, but crews continue to work on repairing the road.

1 NB lane and center lane now open for traffic in both directions on Roswell Rd. SB remains closed @FOX5Atlanta

— Marissa Mitchell (@MarissaMFOX5) May 4, 2017

“It just went like, ‘boom!’ And everybody was like, ‘What was that? What was that?’ So, it just fell in,” said Sherhonda Lewis Wednesday, who lives at The Pointe at Canyon Ridge, an apartment complex near the water main break.

Lewis and many of her neighbors had to leave their cars in nearby parking lots and walk the rest of the way home. Some of them rolled up their pant legs and forded the small river flowing through the driveway, while others caught rides through the water from fellow residents. One man carried his two children across the pavement to keep them dry.

By late Wednesday evening, Sandy Springs police were allowing residents to once again drive into the complex.

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