Residents fuming over construction paraphernalia

Residents fuming over construction paraphernalia

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by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on May 15, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 6:20 PM

FORT MILL, S.C. -- Construction materials blocking roads and causing safety concerns has Fort Mill residents upset and demanding action.

A homeowner took a picture of wood roofing trusses blocking a cul-de-sac on Bannerman Lane in the Springfield neighborhood. He says construction materials in the cul-de-sac twice this month forced a school bus to back up into the woods so it could get out.

Neighbors also say construction vehicles on both sides of the road plus materials in the road could cause problems if emergency vehicles like fire trucks and ambulances were needed.

Manford Haiderer says crews left a large dumpster on his street for two weeks and about half of it jutted into the road.

"No lights, no cones, no nothing. You can come around the bend and not see it and you could hit it," Haiderer said, "I've seen trucks that carry appliances that have gone down and they couldn't use the cul-de-sac so they backed all the way up, and in some instances actually knocked some mail boxes down while they were doing that."

Neighbors say they have called and complained to the developer, Crescent Communities, but say the complaints fall on deaf ears because the problems have gotten worse over the last four to six months.

NBC Charlotte called Crescent Communities for answers. They responded by saying they are aware of the concerns and acknowledge any inconvenience that has resulted from home construction projects.

"All active home builders in Springfield have been reminded that construction materials and activities should never block or hinder safe passage on the streets. Additionally, we are working with the Fort Mill Police Department to ensure that this situation is remedied immediately," said James Martin, vice president, residential, Crescent Communities.

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