Columbia County officials estimate it will be another 10 weeks before repairs are finished on a washed out road that has cut off several residents in the Barrington neighborhood.
Matt Schlachter, director of engineering services, told a group of homeowners Tuesday that work will begin later this week and that partial access to their section of Barrington could be restored within five weeks.
Torrential rainfall overwhelmed a drainage pipe beneath Lake Stone Court on June 3, causing it collapse and wash away a section of road, leaving at least 12 homes isolated. Schlachter said the county has been moving as fast as possible to evaluate the engineering issues and come up with a plan to repair the damaged dam and road. A temporary gravel road has been built to allow emergency access to the area by way of Watervale Road.
Commission Chairman Ron Cross said the project costs have been estimated between $250,000 and $500,000, but because this is an emergency contract officials won’t have a final total until the work is near completion.
Schlachter said the plan is to install a large box culvert and rebuild the road as quickly as time and weather will permit. More rain will mean more delays.
“We are going to push this contract as hard as we can,” he said. “The only thing we can’t push is Mother Nature.”