UPDATE: Another crack discovered on Botany Woods Drive; repairs continue
UPDATE: More repairs are needed on a Dalton road after crews discovered more cracks during emergency repairs.
Crews discovered the road crumbling in March and started repairs in May.
Another crack was discovered Monday and geologists said it's best to fix it right sooner rather than later.
Dalton Public Works Director Benny Dunn agrees.
"It is so much cheaper to get it done right now while we have an active contractor on site. If we were to let them leave, and then say next year we have a failure of just a small area, we could be spending hundreds of thousands more dollars," he said.
It's the most expensive job Dalton Public Works has seen, costing a little more than $700,000.
But it's one that's necessary because 18 families rely on the road to get to and from their homes.
And now the one lane drivers rely on is starting to crumble too.
"What's causing the problem now is we've got a lot of heavy trucks hauling that fill material in and they're like 600,000 pound loads on one little section that's wanting to slide down the mountain," Dunn added.
Making it an even bigger race against time and Mother Nature.
The extra work pushed the project completion date back five days.
It is expected to be done by July 1st, weather permitting.
Crews will plant vegetation in the fall.
PREVIOUS STORY: Time is running out in a neighborhood where a road is crumbling more and more each day.
Channel 3 first showed you the conditions on Botany Woods Drive in April.
Work on a permanent fix will start next week.
Deep cracks and broken pavement have only made one lane of Botany Woods Drive usable for drivers.
With the rapid deterioration, engineers are scrambling to find a long term fix.
"It may not fall any today, but tomorrow it may drop two to three inches so it's something we've monitored since early March," Dalton Assistant Public Works Director Andrew Parker said.
Parker said this is a big job for his department and it's taken several agencies, including the Army Corps of Engineers, to figure out the right way to fix the problem.
"Placing a lot of fill material. Almost 10,000 cubic yards of dirt to fill the ravine to provide lateral support for this slope," he added.
Dalton City Council approved the $500,000 contract with Northwest Georgia Paving Monday, with a stipulation that majority of the project must be completed in 45 days for the safety of those who rely on this road to get to and from their homes.
"We have a big fear that the slope failure could continue to progress into the only available lane that's open right now to serve 18 homes past this point," Parker said.
Crews have removed a drainage curb on the opposite side of the road to give drivers more room to get through the area.
But now, it's a race against the clock and perhaps Mother Nature.
Road work is set to start next Tuesday.
The project should be complete by the end on July