Residents contend repairs haven't made Prospect Road safe

January 07, 1994|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Staff Writer

People who travel Prospect Road in Mount Airy had hoped the recent regrading of the road would eliminate a dangerous sight distance problem. They're not satisfied.

Contractors spent two weeks in November lowering part of the road to improve visibility over the crest of a hill.

That helped, residents say, but the road remains dangerous.

"It's made it better but not good enough," said Adrian O'Boyle, who lives on West Road in Mount Airy Village West, a development off Prospect Road.

"It's still dangerous because you have to come out into the road to see if somebody's coming or not. Somebody's going to get hurt," he said.

Susan Van Tassell, who lives on West Road, agreed that visibility on Prospect Road has improved since the regrading work, but she said she believes the road is a safety hazard.

"I'd say Prospect Road is dangerous anyway, no matter what they do to it," she said.

Frall Developers of Mount Airy hired contractor C. J. Miller to lower the portion of Prospect Road, at the request of the town's Planning and Zoning Commission. Frall is developing Village Gate, under construction off Prospect Road.

Concerned about the road project, Councilman Marc Nance asked town engineer Steve Roberts to determine if the contractor had met sight distance standards.

At Monday's Town Council meeting, Mr. Nance said the standards had been met.

The council voted at the meeting to revoke its approval for spending $60,000 from the town's street reserve fund to pay for more improvements to Prospect Road and damages to a telephone pole during construction work.

Mr. Roberts was able to have C&P Telephone stabilize the pole without using town money, Mr. Nance said.

Because the contractor has met the sight distance standards, the town can't require additional work to correct the visibility problem.

"It meets the minimum standards, which is all that we can require from the developer," Mr. Nance said. "The question is, how much further do we go to give people a comfortable feeling?"

The main goal, Mr. Nance said, is to concentrate on ways to enforce the 25-mph speed limit on Prospect Road within town limits.

"I think rather than spend the town's money there, I prefer that we start trying to enforce the speed limit," he said.

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