MINT HILL – Leaders in Mint Hill have concerns about recent work done on Lebanon Road, which has seen shoulder pavement start to disintegrate, creating a dangerous situation for drivers.
Town officials have spoken to representatives with the North Carolina Department of Transportation about the spots of troubled pavement – which Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers said is at its worst around Morris Farms. The deterioration is causing chunks of pavement to be knocked onto the driving surface, forcing drivers to swerve to avoid the loose pavement without the benefit of a safe shoulder to drive on.
“I have been pretty disgusted with (the paving job) myself,” Biggers said at a recent town meeting. “(The) shoulders … appear to be the worst paving job I’ve ever seen.”
The mayor’s comments came before last week’s snow, which left ice covering many local roads. Winter weather and efforts to combat it, including salting roads, annually contributes to street damage.
Mint Hill Commissioner Tina Ross said she also has heard residents’ concerns about the road, and town manager Brian Welch said NCDOT officials are aware of the town’s issues with the contractor’s work on Lebanon Road.
Transportation officials say a 2.25-mile stretch of Lebanon Road, between N.C. 51 and Margaret Wallace, is on the 2013 resurfacing contracts list and has already been resurfaced. The contractor has until June 20 to finish all the work on the contract – which includes an additional 21 projects – meaning the contractor could do more work on Lebanon before NCDOT takes over. NCDOT officials will perform a final inspection of all resurfaced roads after June 20 and before taking responsibility for the maintenance of the roads according to NCDOT spokesperson Jen Thompson.
NCDOT has already looked at the Lebanon Road work, Thompson said, but could have someone check the area again before June 20. But until the problem is fixed, Mint Hill leaders worry there could be a serious incident on Lebanon Road.
Biggers said the town has been assured the road problems are a priority for NCDOT, though he has some other concerns in addition to the shoulder.
“I still don’t know if I’m completely satisfied with the stripping and turn lanes and all that,” he said of the work near Morris Farm. “There’s sections where the paint didn’t stick well.”
Biggers also is worried about the intersection of Lebanon Road with Lawyers and Wilson Grove roads, where he said some of the stripping and lettering is not complete – which could cause serious problems for people not familiar with the intersection.
“I’ve heard several complaints from people coming from the Charlotte side going into Mint Hill,” Biggers said. “If you’re lined up in the lane in front of McDonald’s and weren’t paying great attention and you went straight ahead, you could run right into the new median” because of the poor lane stripping.
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