SANDY SPRINGS, GA — Two major roads in Sandy Springs will be inaccessible for another day due to many trees and power lines that were brought down when Tropical Storm Irma carved a path of destruction through Georgia. The city said Riverside Drive, which is closed at several locations, and Heards Ferry Road will "not open for a day or more" due to seven power poles that been damaged in that area.
The city is at the mercy of Georgia Power, which said it could take up to eight crews to repair the damage. Sandy Springs Public Works crews are rolling out variable message signs to alert drivers, and they will be situated along Johnson Ferry Road at Riverside Drive and Johnson Ferry Road/River Valley Road, the city informed its followers on Facebook.
It’s also placing a sign on the westbound side at the roundabout on Riverside Drive at I-285 to inform those motorists of the road’s closure. On Heards Ferry Road, signs will be placed at Raider Drive west of Riverside Drive and Mt. Vernon Highway east of Riverside Drive to inform drivers that road is also closed (SIGN UP: Get Patch’s Daily Newsletter and Real Time News Alerts. Or, if you have an iPhone, download the free Patch app).
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The area of the closures serves as major thoroughfares for not only residents and commuters, but also for those who have children attending Heards Ferry Elementary School and Riverwood International Charter School and other private institutions in the area. With this in mind, the Fulton County School System said it was "executing a recovery strategy" following the destruction Irma left on the area.
"We are continuing to assess each school building for power and any damages, and the information is still forthcoming," it said. "When we have a more comprehensive outlook of our needs, we will determine whether school will be held Wednesday."
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As of 4 p.m. 998 Hammond Drive, Hammond Drive at Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Spalding Drive at Ball Mill are now open. Traffic signals along Hammond Drive at Barfield Road, GA-400 northbound and southbound and Perimeter Center are also now functioning.
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