County to discuss road improvements

May. 05, 2013 @ 07:02 AM

In a rare move, the Rutherford County Commission will split their regular meeting into two parts.

Commissioners will hold their regular session at 1 p.m. and two public hearings at 6 p.m.

"The change is made to accommodate one of the commissioners addressing health issues the next morning," said Carl Classen, Rutherford County manager.

Commissioner Eddie Holland will be undergoing chemotherapy treatments Tuesday morning.

One of the public hearings will include commissioners receiving a preliminary report from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) regarding secondary road improvement projects for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The largest project on the list is improving Oak Street in Forest City from U.S. 74A to Piney Ridge Road. The plan calls for widening Oak Street to three lanes over the distance.

"It is meant to improve the traffic flow as well as sidewalk and other safety issues due to commercial traffic," Classen said.

Part of the project — the largest — comes with a price tag of $525,000 and the second part is estimated to cost $175,000.

"This is a project that has been a long time in developing," Classen said.

At this point, Classen said there is no opposition to the project.

"We don't know who is going to speak on the project," Classen said. "We know the Town of Forest City is in favor of the Oak Street project but we don't know if they will come to speak on the project."

Another project on the list includes improving Painter Road from State Road 2105 to the South Carolina line. DOT is also considering making improvements to Oscar Justice Road from U.S. 64 to SR 1520 and Airport Road from SR 1523 to the end of maintenance.

The list includes rural road improvement such as Aydlotte Road to SR 1526, Mike's Mountain Road to SR 1321 and Rabbit Moffitt Road from SR 1102 to the state line. Rural paved road improvements include Long Branch from U.S. 221 to SR 1004, Duncans Creek and Countryside Lane.

"Those could be done in the future," Classen said.

Commissioners will receive a list of roads that can be improved but, due to the inability of NCDOT to secure right-of-way, those roads cannot be improved. The list includes 27 miles of county roadway that is eligible but cannot be completed.

The second public hearing will discuss renaming the dead-end portion of Hicks Grove Road to South River Road.

During its regular meeting at 1 p.m., the Commission will discuss naming a section of U.S. 74 "The Senator Debby A. Clary Highway."

Commissioners will discuss a mutual aid agreement with Henderson County, Grey Rock Project 9 bids, the Hollis community water line, a request for proposal for enhanced recycling and the tax office improvement project.