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Road deal struck on Locust Hill subdivision

August 30, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County officials said Thursday they are willing to work with the developers of the Locust Hill subdivision in an attempt to build a temporary road to replace deteriorating Oakmont Road, which has drawn complaints from property owners.

Oakmont Road, a main road through Locust Hill, has been deteriorating because of a large amount of housing construction in the subdivision, said county officials.

A temporary road is being considered because development in Locust Hill is expected to continue for several more years, and the heavy construction equipment traffic associated with the growth will cause wear and tear on Oakmont Road, said Paul Raco, director of planning, zoning and engineering for the county.

Developers of Locust Hill put down a $130,000 bond to insure Oakmont Road would be built to county regulations within a specific amount of time, said Raco.

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The bonding agreement is set to expire.

Rather than taking the $130,000 and paying for construction of the road themselves, the Jefferson County Commission Thursday agreed to allow the developer to come up with a proposal to build a temporary road, Raco said.

The commissioners are expected to discuss the issue next Thursday with representatives of Locust Hill, which is off W.Va. 51 west of Charles Town.

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