A.O. Jones, other Fort Mill roads OK’d for improvements

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comNovember 14, 2013 

— Almost 10,000 feet of five Fort Mill roads could be resurfaced following a decision Monday by Fort Mill Town Council.

Council approved a list of roads to submit for C-Fund money, with the top five of 14 roads in need of resurfacing making the list. All roads on the approved and full list belong to the town, the state Department of Transportation or both.

The C-Fund program is a state distribution of gas tax money to counties. Municipalities submit highest-priority needs which are funded with available money.

The longest stretch of road to make the resurfacing list is just more than 5,200 feet of Banks Street, from Tom Hall Street to Fairway Drive. Matching 1,584-foot stretches of Confederate Street, from Monroe White to Banks streets, and A.O. Jones Boulevard, from Springfield Parkway to the Nation Ford High School stadium entrance, made the list. As did 528-foot stretches of East Oak Street from Springs to Unity streets, and Watson Street from Withers Street to Railroad Avenue.

Council mainly questioned A.O. Jones, built with the opening of Nation Ford High in 2007.

“A.O. Jones isn’t that old, is it?” asked Councilman Ronnie Helms.

Councilman Tom Adams noted the road, while relatively new, does see its share of vehicles. Besides leading to the entrance to Nation ford High School, it’s also a main artery to and from the Regent Park area and the Nation Ford Greenway trail.

“It does bear a lot of traffic,” Adams said.

Davy Broom, director of the town public works department, said repairs of A.O. Jones have been an issue for some time, and that the resurfacing should help resolve the situation.

“We’ve spent quite a bit of money repairing spots,” Broom said. “It really needs to be resurfaced.”

Asked whether heavy traffic from the high school was the only reason for the newer road to need attention, Broom said it was his opinion that the road wasn’t built properly in the beginning.

“It was substandard work in the first place,” he said.

Nine roads made the overall list as needing resurfacing, but didn’t make the prioritized shortlist actually submitted for funding. They range from more than 2,000 feet of Nims Lake Road to 528 feet of Kelly Court from an entrance to cul-de-sac. Areas needing attention include Grier, Forrest, Self and Meachum streets, Nims Lake and Hensley roads, Peachtree Lane, Still Avenue and Kelly Court.

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