Buford Highway reopens after day-long repair of sinkhole

Buford Highway between Briarwood Road and Afton Lane in Brookhaven has reopened after crews spent all of Wednesday repairing a giant sinkhole which opened up in the northbound lanes earlier in the day.

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, a construction crew were working in the area on Tuesday and hit a water main. 

"We have a contractor working on an active project. Now, the projects is a sidewalk upgrade, pedestrian streetscape project that we are working on with the city of Brookhaven, but it is a GDOT project. And the contractor hit the may water line late yesterday," said GDOT spokesperson Natalie Dale.

That resulted in water collecting underneath the roadway. On Wednesday morning, a large vehicle drove over the area and the sinkhole opened. 

"It wasn't until earlier this morning that because of the water that settled under the road, a large vehicle, I'm not sure it's a bus or truck, hit that area of pavement causing the collapse," Dale said.

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Crews work to repair the roadway after a water main break along Buford Highway in Brookhaven on May 10, 2023. (FOX 5)

The road was closed for about 15 hours.

It reopened around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.