Augusta Manufactured Gas Plant Site Restoration
Atlanta Gas Light has resumed environmental cleanup on properties near the former Augusta Manufactured Gas Plant that operated from 1852 to 1954 at 8th Street and Walton Way.
Similar to hundreds of other U.S. manufactured gas plants in operation until the 1950s, the plant processed coal to produce gas, which fueled city street lights, industries and homes. Production also left behind coal tar residues that require cleanup under modern standards.
While most of the impacted areas were remediated years ago (including all surface soils), the remaining deeper areas needing cleanup are being addressed in an efficient and prudent manner. The project resembles most other large construction efforts with heavy equipment, construction noise and traffic rerouting.
During cleanup, people in the immediate area may occasionally notice an odor similar to road building materials, such as asphalt. The organic odor comes from the coal tar residues, but it does not present a health hazard. The site is being monitored for noise, air quality and other measures throughout the construction project. Restoration will be complete once environmental approvals from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division are obtained.
The remediation project includes several street closures. A portion of Walton Way is closing for an initial period of up to eight months, and 8th Street, Taylor Street and a portion of the bike path along the Third Level Canal are closing for the duration of the project.
See detour map.
As with all our work, safety is our top priority. Great care will be taken in all phases of the project. Natural gas and other utility services are not expected to be disrupted during this process. Atlanta Gas Light will provide ongoing updates on this page throughout construction. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we make these improvements to the community.
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