Sinkhole! Small section of U.S. 27 between Berry College and mall closed after 15-foot sinkhole collapsed road late Friday. Roadways are passable, but use caution.

Sinkhole! Small section of U.S. 27 between Berry College and mall closed after 15-foot sinkhole collapsed road late Friday. Roadways are passable, but use caution.

The sinkhole has been patched and filled with concrete by GDOT. Hometown photo.
GDOT crews on the scene early Saturday morning repairing one southbound lane.
Crews repairing U.S. 27 this morning. Hometown photo.
GDOT crews repairing roadway early Saturday. Hometown photo.

Looks like Rome has its own Atlanta traffic disaster to contend after a section of U.S. 27 has collapsed from a 15-foot sinkhole between Berry College and Mt. Berry Mall. Motorists are urged to use caution in the area today as Georgia Department of Transportation crews are still repairing the roadway. Sgt. Barry McElroy with Rome Police says the roadway is passable this morning, but a small section of one northbound and one southbound lane are still blocked for the repairs.

On the scene at 8:40 a.m. this morning, traffic flow was smooth. GDOT crews are on the scene. If you want to avoid the area, the Armuchee Connector is a good alternate.

Two inside lanes of U.S. 27 (one northbound and one southbound) just south of Three Mile Road collapsed late Friday around 10:30 p.m., according to Floyd E-911 reports. McElroy says there was a 15-foot sinkhole in the center lane. Witnesses reported seeing a “manhole” size hole on the inside northbound lane earlier in the evening around 6:30 p.m.

McElroy says no one was injured. “It happened at a time when there is not a lot of traffic on the road.”

Georgia Department of Transportation crews worked overnight to repair the roadway.  According to McElroy, “They brought in a lot of concrete to fill the hole and are still working on a small section of the southbound lane.”

Talk about timing…Hundreds of high schools students from the around the state will be headed to Berry College on Sunday for the start of the 2017 Governor’s Honors Program for the summer. The 4-week program will be on campus, June 18-July 15.

Previous post from Floyd E-911: Martha Berry Hwy, south of 3 Mile Rd. Near Mall. Both inside lanes, north and south closed. Road collapsed. GDOT enroute. Police on scene.

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