When Highway 337 north of Menlo sank 8" nine days ago, no one could have imagined that the road would remain closed for two weeks.
The first problem the Georgia Department of Transportation encountered was there were no tiles available to fix the problem. The heavy rains of the past several weeks caused the rusting tile to wash out on Highway 337 and the state department of transportation is fixing the problem by installing two bigger tiles. Secondly, the DOT had to wait on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to inspect the area due to what they identified as 11 endangered species in the area around Chelsea Creek.
Now the Georgia Department of Transportation says that is taking longer than they anticipated to do the actual work of installing the tiles. Chattooga County Public Works Director Lamar Canada told AM 1180 on Wednesday evening that a spokesperson with the State DOT says that it will be sometime next week, probably after next Wednesday before the road is fixed. Workers are anticipating getting in another good day of work tommorrow before more precipitation moves into the area on Friday, and hope to finish the project sometime by the middle of next week.