ALBANY, GA (WALB) - What many thought was a big pothole in downtown Albany across from the Civic Center, isn't actually a pothole, it's something else.
Stacey Rowe, the interim Public Works directory for the city of Albany said the hole on West Oglethorpe was actually caused by a broken water pipe. He said the broken pipe is from one of the storm lines underneath the street.
This is a Georgia Department of Transportation route, meaning the city has to create a plan to fix the street and then submit that plan to the state for approval before it can start repairs.
City leaders have submitted the plan and are waiting for approval on a permit, which Rowe said could take 30 to 60 days.
"There's a pipe right there, where we've had failure. A piece of the pipe has failed right there. All of the water, the storm water, the rain water, it's still staying in the pipes, it's just we had a separation at the top of one of the pipes that created that hole," explained Rowe.
The actual pipe itself has not been broken, just a piece of it.
After the city gets the permit it needs from the state, it will replace the broken section of pipe and then cover the hole with asphalt.
The hole is currently blocked off with orange barrels.