Part of High Point Road in Sandy Springs will be closed next week for maintenance work on a fuel pipeline, according to the city.

Colonial Pipeline’s street closure, between Forest Valley Road and High Brook Drive, will last up to five days, according to the city’s announcement, which did not specify a start time. Traffic will be detoured onto Roswell Road.

The pipeline is being inspected for possible damaged detected by a device called a “smart pig” that was run through the pipe to check its surface, according to Colonial spokesperson Steve Baker. The pipeline, which runs underground beneath High Point Road, will be dug up. If there is an actual problem, the piece of pipe will be replaced or encased in a metal sleeve, Baker said. If there is no problem, it will be reburied.

In that area, the pipeline runs through the property of the Church of the Atonement, which built community gardens atop the right of way. Baker said that the current inspection plan involves only digging up and repaving the road, not the property with the gardens on it.

The pipeline carries diesel fuel and jet fuel, Baker said.

Colonial last year repaired a pipeline on Brandon Mill Road in Sandy Springs that carries a variety of fuels, including jet fuel and home heating oil.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.