Update: Water main break to close busy Dalton intersection at least through Wednesday
UPDATE (November 27th):
NewsChannel 9 has confirmed that the water main is repaired and the road is back open.
The main inspector tells our crew on the scene that the intersection will remain closed at least through Wednesday night.
He says the break was likely caused by an old pipe that was installed in the early 1960s.
That inspector says he's never seen road damage from a water break like this, and says repair costs will easily reach $100,000.
Drivers will be forced to take several detour options, and those detours are posted near the main break site.
Georgia's Department of Transportation says the water company crews are working diligently to fix the problem and repair the roadway at this location.
At this time, there is no estimated time of clearance, per GDOT.
A detour has been put in place, redirecting traffic off GA 52 onto US 41/State Route (SR 3), then to SR 71, SR 2, to SR 225, and back to GA 52. Signage is in place.
Depend on us to keep you posted.
Monday morning started with a traffic headache for law enforcement, public works crews and drivers in Dalton.
A water main broke underneath Walnut Avenue and the Dalton Bypass on the east side of town.
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is re-routing traffic.
Don Johnson of Dalton Utilities tells NewsChannel 9 that crews hope to have repairs complete by Monday afternoon or evening. However, he says the intersection could be closed for a couple of days because the break, in his words, "heavily damaged" part of the road. He says a GDOT contractor will inspect the damage later on Monday morning.
We are live on the scene giving updates on Good Morning Chattanooga:
Depend on us to bring you updates as we get them.