Southwest Atlanta man wants GDOT to plug huge hole - CBS46 News

Southwest Atlanta man wants GDOT to plug huge hole

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

A southwest Atlanta man is frustrated after begging the Georgia Department of Transportation for a year to fill in a hole created after a billboard was torn down.

The hole, which is more than 12' deep, has concerned Roosevelt Robinson because he fears someone may soon fall in.

"Anyone's child can just come by and fall to their death," Robinson said.

Robinson also worries because the manmade gorge sits on the path that hundreds of Braves fans take to Turner Field.

Robinson told CBS Atlanta News the tall grass that surrounds the shaft makes the hole even more difficult to spot for fans.

The business man also thinks the temporary covering that sits atop the hole is not adequate.

"You notice how flimsy this is. It wouldn't hold a 50-pound child," Robinson said.

The project is of special interest for Robinson, who adopted the mile stretch of roadway a few years back.

"I adopted this stretch of road because I have a business here in the area, and I take pride in my community," Robinson said.

Now Robinson hopes GDOT takes the same pride in fixing this problem.

"I hope the state will step up to the plate and come and take care of this problem before we have a serious accident or worse, someone loses their life," Robinson said.

Late Wednesday, a GDOT spokesman told CBS Atlanta News that the reports have drawn the agency's attention, and a temporary fix will happen in the next couple of days.

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