Contractor: Dunwoody claiming warranty on issue he tried to prevent before work, by Adam Murphy, 5/2/17
DUNWOODY, GA (CBS46) - About 15,000 cars a day travel on Mt. Vernon Road in Dunwoody -- one of metro Atlanta’s busiest roadways -- and less than two years after re-paving the road, there are now problems. “It’s sinking. I can see it, all the way down,” driver Bobbie Mundy said. “Sinkholes like that are unpredictable, there’s no question about it,” driver Brian Trout added.
Contractors repaired a water main under the road in 2015, and crews were instructed to backfill the trench with loose stone instead of dirt, which is industry standard.
Alessandro Salvo owns GS Construction. His company made the repairs, but not before warning city and county leaders on numerous occasions that using stone would cause the road to settle, or even sink.
“There’s no way to know how much it’s going to settle,” Salvo said. “They view this as a warranty and poor workmanship issue, and our response is that no, it’s not a poor workmanship issue, this is a design flaw. We told you not to put this type of stone here.”
In April, the city of Dunwoody sent GS Construction a letter stating, "…the city is providing notification of the defect within the two-year warranty period," but Salvo said the city was forewarned and it’s now their problem to solve. “There’s no way I’m coming out here to spend my own money to fix a problem that I went to the mountain to warn everybody about what was coming,” Salvo said.
“They need to check on that because it’s just too much going on in Atlanta right now with these bridges and things. It’s dangerous. Somebody is going to get hurt,” Mundy said. Some drivers will consider another route until the problem is solved, but there’s no indication that’s happening anytime soon.
CBS46 contacted both the city and county. The city of Dunwoody isn’t commenting because of legal implications. DeKalb County is looking into it. Meanwhile, the road remains open, which some say put drivers at risk.
Dunwoody has had new road re-fixes in the past and Michael Smith, the City Public Works Director is likely to blame for this latest problem. Geotechnical Engineering services to ensure compaction for concrete work should be routine.
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