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Sandalwood Drive reopens as stormwater project continues

Posted: December 12, 2011 - 1:46pm
Work continues on the Springlakes project to improve the flow of Reed Cheek to prevent nearby homes from flooding during heavy rain events.  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
Work continues on the Springlakes project to improve the flow of Reed Cheek to prevent nearby homes from flooding during heavy rain events.

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A Springlakes subdivision thoroughfare that has been closed for months to accommodate a slow-moving culvert project was re-opened today.

Although Sandalwood Drive is now open, the surrounding area remains a work zone with heavy equipment operating along the adjacent right-of-way, according to Columbia County Water Utility.

The $814,000 project is meant to prevent flooding by widening the culverts and parts of Reed Creek, which feeds the subdivision’s 20-acre lake. Residents have complained that the work is unsightly and that repeated delays and extensions have prolonged the inconvenience.

County officials last month threatened to fire the contractor, Jeffrey Harris Trucking & Construction Co., if significant and immediate progress was not made.

Once the work is completed, county officials plan to further improve the area with landscaping.

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