NCDOT asks Union Co. to maintain roadways

NCDOT asks Union Co. to maintain roadways

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by MIKE HANSON / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 6:00 PM

UNION COUNTY, N.C. -- The North Carolina Department of Transportation would like to see Union County towns maintain future subdivision roads.

In a letter sent out by NCDOT Engineer John Underwood to the different municipalities, declining revenues at the State level were cited as the main reason.

NBC Charlotte asked Underwood what impact the letter will have on these towns.
 
"Hopefully this has generated some discussion when municipalities will begin to seriously consider road maintenance in the future. Given our declining revenues... again, we feel like the municipalities will allow that better, detailed attention and level of service then the department will be able to."
 
Weddington town management tells NBC Charlotte they interpret the letter in a different way. The town of Weddington fully expects NCDOT to repair and fix all Weddington roadways. The town of Waxhaw believes their roadways are built to higher standards then the state, and believes the state’s wishes will not impact its residents.
 
Charisse Pferschy and her family moved to Union County two years ago from Reno, Nevada. It was the schools, taxes and quality of life that attracted them.
 
"We thought it was fair."
 
She loves her Union County community, but worries the explosive growth is close to getting out of hand.
 
"I think the citizens need to get more involved and keep an eye to hold these people accountable, to make sure that we can maintain these gorgeous towns. Let's not take a step backwards, let's keep it the way it is."
 
It is likely the State Legislature will have the final say on this matter.

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