Sprayberry Road work hits underground snag; project delayed

alt

Crews with the Georgia Department of Transportation were stopped at the Sprayberry Road/Roscoe Road/Jackson Street intersection project when they hit an abandoned gas storage tank.

By JOHN A. WINTERS
john@newnan.com
Work on what is known as the “Sprayberry intersection” has hit a snag, or rather an old gasoline tank.
Crews with the Georgia Department of Transportation were out last week drilling holes for traffic signals when they hit an abandoned gas storage tank, said city officials.
According to Mayor Keith Brady, who spoke before the White Oak Golden K Kiwanis Club on Thursday, the tanks are believed to be at least 50 years old, and are on the site where Duncan’s Barbecue used to be, which also was a gasoline station at some time.
City Engineer Michael Klahr said the tanks were removed and soil backfilled.
“Soil samples have been sent off to determine if there is any contamination/remedial action required,” Klahr said.
“We are waiting for that before the contractor resumes work in that area.”
City Manager Cleatus Phillips said the tanks, believed to hold 1,000 gallons and 500 gallons, respectively, were empty and did not have any vapors remaining. Construction crews will continue working in other areas, but the DOT will not resume work until the state’s Environmental Protection Division gives the all-clear.

Brady told the Golden K club “no one thought of gas tanks on that site.”

But he also said it wasn’t the first time the city has started a construction project and found something they didn’t expect.

During the construction of the new city hall on LaGrange Street a few years ago, crews started hitting lots of soft soil, the mayor said. Turned out that site used to be a livery stable.

“We ended up removing about $60,000 worth of manure,” he joked. “You never know what you will hit until you dig.”

Plans call for realigning the streets along Sprayberry Road, Roscoe Road and Jackson Street to ease congestion.



More Local

Downtown, Ashley Park hosting Santa Claus

Santa Claus will be in downtown Newnan today – following that appearance with another at Ashley Park on Saturday. Santa will arrive at ... Read More


Museum fundraiser deadline extended

The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s second public art project is attracting attention from area businesses. The society is mounting ... Read More


Jarrard to become adjutant general

Joe Jarrard, whose father was born in Newnan, will become adjutant general of the Georgia Department of Defense in January. Jarrard, 48, has ... Read More


Safe Shopping Tips

Keep the ‘Grinch’ away during holidays

Now that Black Friday has arrived, shopping season is officially in full swing. During the craziness of the season, the Newnan Police Depart ... Read More


Organizers prepare for MLK Jr. observance

Preparations are in full swing for the 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration in Newnan, and this year’s commemorative ... Read More

Police on lookout for ‘Tony Montana’

Newnan police are on the lookout for a man suspected of robbing another man with a handgun on Sunday and stealing $20. About 4:30 a.m., Offi ... Read More