Help coming to Eaglecrest homeowners

STALLINGS – Concerned homeowners used to driving on poorly maintained roads in the Eaglecrest neighborhood will soon get some help from Stallings and the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The state currently owns and is in charge of maintaining a number of roads in Stallings neighborhoods the town will soon take over – that includes 21 roads in eight neighborhoods: Eaglecrest, Fairforest, Gold Dust Ridge, Golden Acres, Independence Village, Kingsberry, Millstone Estates and Woodbridge.

In all it equates to 4.41 miles of roads that require an estimated $285,000 in improvements – $200,000 of which the state will pay for but some that will come from Stallings coffers once the total costs are known.

The state will pay for $79,468 in repairs in Eaglecrest to Eaglecrest Drive, Falcons Ridge and Hawks Nest; $5,000 for ditch work in Fairforest at the intersection of Fairforest and Stonehedge drives; $25,000 to patch the Gold Dust Lane cul-de-sac in Gold Dust Ridge; and $50,000 to replace a pipe under Goldcrest Drive in Golden Acres, according to a town memo. Stallings will take over maintenance of those roads, as well as Deepwood Place and Shaftwood Place in Golden Acres; Carolyn Lane, Scarlet Street and Stallingswood Road in Independence Village, where $50,000 in improvements are needed; Community Park Drive, East Circle and West Circle in Kingsberry; Butternut Lane and Coblers Drive in Millstone Estates, where $55,000 in improvements are needed; and Brook Path Lane, Creek Court, Lawrence Daniel Drive and Stevens Shultz Lane in

Discussing the roads at the town’s meeting Monday, Sept. 23, Stallings leaders agreed with consulting engineer MJ Namin that they should take all the $85,593 reimbursement cash they receive from the state and spend it to fix the Eaglecrest neighborhood roads first, since those roads are in worse shape than any others the town is about to take over.

Councilmembers were aware the math from the state didn’t add up to how much estimated repairs are needed, meaning Stallings eventually will have to foot the bill for some of the needed improvements on the adopted roadways. But the money and road deal was a take-it-or-leave-it situation for Stallings, with NCDOT officials telling the town that other Union County towns were lining up for money if Stallings doesn’t want it.

A handful of Eaglecrest neighbors were in attendance Monday night and breathed a sigh of relief after the town approved their road improvements. Mayor Lynda Paxton said the neighborhood had asked numerous times in the past for improvements to the three streets, which all are ranked a D by transportation experts. The lowest grade is F.

Every other road in the package Stallings will take on is ranked as a C or C-, according to a town memo. Early estimates have the town paying as much as $85,000 for the additional improvements, though there is not a timeline for when those improvements would be made.

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