From the AJC: September 3, Posted: 2:17 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
By Marcus K. Garner
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting: A water main break in Brookhaven has shut down a busy thoroughfare until Thursday at the earliest, officials said.
Clairmont Road will remain closed between I-85 and Century Center, a stretch of road that runs northwest of the interstate, for at least 12 hours, authorities said.
State and local officials will be on hand during rush hour Wednesday afternoon to help commuters negotiate what is normally a heavily-traveled route.
Brookhaven Police Lt. Brandon Gurley said reports of a possible sinkhole were called in to police and city officials around 12:30 p.m.
“Police determined the roadway was not safe,” Gurley said. “This section of the road is closed in both directions and will be for an undetermined amount of time.”
Early Wednesday afternoon, a steady flow of water gurgled up from beneath cracks all over the stretch of road, running the width of the five lanes there.
DeKalb County Watershed officials determined that the damaged water line belonged to the county, Gurley said.
Because that stretch of road is maintained by the state, Georgia Department of Transportation officials will be out to put up signage to help motorists navigate the detours that will be needed to get around the closed roadway, authorities said.
“You need to avoid this section of Clairmont,” Gurley said. “Fortunately, there are some cut-through areas, so it’s not difficult to detour around.”