Road improvements set for Fort Mill neighborhoods

jmarks@fortmilltimes.com September 9, 2012 

— A York County Council decision last week could pave the way for needed road improvements in some local neighborhoods.

Council approved a $180,572.06 bid from Blythe Construction in Charlotte for repairs in several areas, including the fourth phase of Eppington South and Williamsburg Commons. About $106,000 will come from recouped money from developers, the remainder from general funds.

The county requires developers to post a bond or letter of credit to guarantee maintenance work on the asphalt binder, road shoulders and curb and gutter during a two-year warranty period. Developers can option to delay the final asphalt layer for up to 18 months after the sublayer or until the development is “substantially complete.”

The reason is that weight and movement of heavy construction equipment and dumpsters can cause scarring or failures in the new surface “that could have been prevented in most cases” by holding off until construction is near or entirely complete, according to county staff information provided to Council. The idea behind the option was to reduce costs for developers while still ending with safe, clean surfaces for drivers.

According to staff information, that option was created in 2003 when subdivisions were “progressing rapidly and homes were being constructed very soon after development received final plat approval.” Since then, the outlook hasn’t always been so clear cut.

“In recent years, many developers who have subdivisions under construction are failing to make repairs to the roadway infrastructure, causing further deterioration of the pavement base courses and creating hazardous conditions to drivers,” the information reads.

Prior, similar projects include work in English Trails. In all, nine subdivisions are included in four phases. Completion of the first two has the county now looking to begin its requests of developers to make up any shortfalls.

“In the circumstance that the funds supplied by the developer are inadequate to cover the cost of construction, York County Government is to invoice the developer for the difference in funds,” according to the information Council put into the record.

Failure of developers to comply with county ordinances means forfeiting those bonds or letters of credit. At that point, responsibility for the road work shifts to the county.

Current repair work includes repairing broken or damaged curb and gutters, patching minor cracks and stabilizing erosion damage. The top layer of asphalt will be added, too.

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