Completion of Two Major Water Systems Improvement Projects in North Fulton

Azalea-Riverside Ceremony

Fulton County Announces Completion of Two Major Water Systems Improvement Projects in North Fulton

May 13, 2021
The projects are part of an ongoing plan to decrease flooding along Azalea/Riverside Drive.

The Fulton County Public Works Department today announced the substantial rehabilitation of a 60-inch, 1,100 foot long underground pipe along Azalea/Riverside Drive in Roswell. 

Restoration of the pipe is part of the department’s ongoing plan to quickly reduce flooding and sewer spills during heavy rains. Additionally, to assist in that effort, Public Works is also announcing the completion of its Manhole Replacement Project. Fulton County will celebrate with a Project Improvement Ceremony. The event will be held on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at 205 Azalea Drive, Roswell, Ga.  

“We are so pleased to announce the completion of this project,” said Fulton County District 1 Commissioner Liz Hausmann. “When Fulton County became aware of the flooding issues plaguing the area, we went to work immediately to not only address the issue, but to find a solution. We now have a plan in place that will assist in alleviating the problem, keep residents safe, and the area beautiful.”

Restoration of the underground pipe was conducted through spiral winding, which involved inserting a vinyl substance into the old pipe to create a new pipe. A spiral machine allowed the team to easily reach the pipe without having to dig it up. Following completion of the project, the Public Works Department began the replacement of 18 manhole covers in the area. The former cast iron covers were replaced with ones made out of high density polyethylene, a vinyl type substance designed to prevent surface water from flowing into the sewer system.

“Our goal is to control the inflow and infiltration of our sewer system,” said Fulton County Public Works Director David Clark. “Restoration of the underground pipe and installation of the new manholes are just part of the ongoing process we have to reduce the inflow of unwanted water into our sewer system along Azalea and Riverside Drive. We know this is important work. Not only are we the first municipal in the state to install these new manholes, but our restoration of the pipe is the second largest spiral winding project in the U.S.” 

The $1.6 million Spiral Winding Project began October 2019 and was completed in May 2020. The Manhole Replacement Project began December 2020 and was completed in March 2021 at a cost of $84,000.