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ATLANTA (WXIA) -- After waiting nearly four months to get an above-ground temporary sewer line removed and a hazardous intersection repaired, residents near Nancy Creek and Ridgewood Road in Buckhead have learned that work is finally about to begin.

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The above-ground line runs more than a quarter-mile along Nancy Creek, and ending in an open manhole in the middle of Ridgewood Road. which results in an obstacle course for drivers to get past each day.

"You creep up here and you think people are going to stop but you can't see. It's very dangerous," said area resident Jennifer Black.

The cause? The unsightly and dangerous above-ground sewer line. Residents say they have contacted Atlanta Watershed Management officials and Atlanta City Hall for months in attempts to get it fixed, only to get nowhere. One homeowner, Walker Candler, contacted 11Alive News asking that our Help Desk get involved. Within 24 hours of 11Alive's Bill Liss contacting them, we had a commitment.

"I can promise you right her and right now that this is going to be done -- underway within a week," Lillian Govus, Atlanta Watershed spokesperson said last Thursday.

However, after that, the project ran into paperwork roadblocks at City Hall, which seemed to stall everything.

"Actually, we thought the whole thing was dead in the water Wednesday night," Candler said. "At 5 p.m., I said there is no way this is going to happen. Thanks to you, and working with the mayor's office, things got expedited and it sailed right on through."

As a result, after nearly four months of having to maneuver through the obstacle course at the intersection at Nancy Creek and Ridgewood Road, things should be back to normal by Saturday night, and the above ground sewer pipes will be gone within 90 days.

"Monday morning we are going to start to mobilize; Tuesday we are going to start pipe bursting activity and that will take 6-8 weeks," said David Westrick of Ruby-Collins, the contractor for Atlanta Watershed Management.

Then, it will take another month to finish the job and have the neighborhood back to normal.

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