Developer agrees to repair road Work on potholes at Oakmont Green to begin this week

July 31, 1996|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

Hampstead officials have reached an agreement with the developer of the Oakmont Green golf course community that requires him to repair the pothole-filled main road in the development.

Since January, residents of the upscale subdivision have had to navigate around large potholes on Eagle Ridge Court, the entrance to the community off Route 30.

James E. Matthews, the Towson-based developer of Oakmont Green, said he expects the road repairs to begin this week and continue through mid-August.

The 4-year-old development includes a golf course and 91 single-family home lots, 57 of which have been sold.

The lots are priced between $75,000 and $85,000. The community has 37 completed homes, ranging in price from $250,000 to $400,000, Matthews said.

The town became aware of the deterioration of Eagle Ridge Court last winter, when residents of the development called the town hall to complain.

"The road failure became very evident, particularly with the hard winter we had," said Neil Ridgely, town manager.

"It's not a pleasant thing to ride over it, and it's not acceptable for a recently constructed road," he said.

When the town began negotiating with Matthews, it was unclear whether the town or the developer bore responsibility for the road because the town officials accepted the road in May of 1995 and released its bond, Matthews said.

But the road was never officially deeded to the town of Hampstead, Ridgely said, even though the town assumed maintenance of the road.

As the potholes worsened and residents' complaints increased, Hampstead officials decided in March to repair the most hazardous parts of the road temporarily. But town officials maintain that it is Matthews' responsibility to make permanent repairs.

"It's obviously a premature road failure," Ridgely said. "If it weren't, it would be the town's responsibility to fix it."

Oakmont Green residents, who have become adept at dodging the potholes on Eagle Ridge Court, are looking forward to smoother driving in their community.

"I look for a sinkhole every day," said Sharon Davison.

"We bang over those big holes, and it's very hard on your car," said Sandy Turner, "There are enough of them now so that when you avoid one, you hit another."

Matthews said he believes that heavy truck traffic on Eagle Ridge Court may have caused the potholes, because there have been no problems on other roads in the development where there is no frequent truck traffic.

He said trucks going to the Festival Foods grocery store turn off Route 30 and travel on a section of Eagle Ridge Court before entering a service driveway.

"I think a lot of it has to do with the heavy-equipment trucks that use that road," Matthews said.

Pub Date: 7/31/96

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