Aftermath of Friday's rain causing traffic delays in Lindale

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Monday, September 23, 2013 - 6:01pm

Heavy rain and flash flooding caused some problems on the roads in Smith County late last week, a culvert collapsed in Lindale near Lindale Junior High School, causing some major road damage. Now that damage is causing some major delays.

A culvert collapsed under County Road 474 between Highway 69 and County Road 463 in Lindale causing about an 8 to 10 foot gaping hole in the road that nearly swallowed an SUV on Friday.

And the fix, won’t be a quick one. Smith County Road and Bridge Department Administrator, Doug Nicholson says, "It should take about three weeks"

The hole sits right near Lindale Junior High school and Lindale Superintendent, Stan Surratt, says traffic around the campus is tough enough, and now the traffic will be even tougher. Residents, students and parents should expect delays while heading to-and-from Lindale Junior High. Surratt says, "come a little earlier, drive a little slower just be patient because there will be a little extra traffic."

Until the road is fixed the only available entrance to the school is from Woodsprings Road and now all the traffic will be concentrated there. Jamie Holder ,Deputy Superintendent of Lindale ISD says, "city is going to kind of bottleneck our transportation and our parent pick up and drop off."

The Smith County Road and Bridge Department is assessing the damage, and reevaluating the underground water system.

Nicholson says, "We're trying to get all that into the calculations so that we make sure we have plenty of drainage so something like this don't happen again."
 

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