Martinez, GA – Homeowners in one neighborhood tell us they feel a large scale construction project run by the state is causing delays and destruction.
Several trucks have been busy along Old Petersburg Road. The widening project is part of the Riverwatch Parkway expansion in Evans. We spoke with homeowner Katie Walker who can see the work from her front yard on Forest Glen Ct. in Martinez. She said it’s a problem.
“Around dinner time, we tried to use our water to clean our dishes and we had nothing,” Walked said of a water main break at the end of her drive way Wednesday night. It’s the second one in a year.
“So we came out and the whole court was flooded and it was a big mess,” she said.
Walker points to pictures showing several construction trucks blocking her street. She said they park, making it tough for her and others on the block to exit and get kids to school on time. She and her neighbors think the large trucks are too heavy for the road, leading to a lot of water on the block.
She said, “Typically, there is about six to seven cars parked in the cul-de-sac. They leave their heavy equipment here. It’s a big obstacle course getting out.”
We took Walker’s concerns to Columbia County Water Services where Mark Inglett told us the trucks may not be contributing to the system breaks.
He said, “If you’re causing a lot of downward thrusts with a piece of heavy equipment, generally with 4-6 inches of concrete, you would see that I think rupture at the surface level as well if it were to cause some problems. This water main was somewhere between two and three feet deep.”
The expansion project is being done by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
“That’s not acceptable. We need to have our contractors stay in the construction limits and have to find places to park and turn around where the construction is going on and try to stay out of the area that’s more residential,” said Commissioner Russell McMurry.
Walker said they have complained in the past and the truck drivers cooperate for a few days, then go back to their old ways. McMurry took note of that, but is asking for homeowners to be patient with suppliers who may have never been to the area.
Hear more from McMurry and GDOT Chairman Don Grantham on the Means Report Sunday at 2:30 p.m.